It’s hard to believe that only 45 years have passed since the world was officially introduced to the crew of the Starship Enterprise (a.k.a. USS Enterprise, NCC-1701) in Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek TV series.
Terms like “phaser” and “red shirt,” as well as phrases such as “Live long and prosper” or “Beam me up, Scotty!” (which was never said on the original Trek show) are now so commonly used in everyday vernacular that even those who consider themselves anti-Trekkies immediately recognize their significance.
To commemorate the occasion, we have a well-designed infograpic (courtesy of Space.com) that effectively encapsulates all the major events in Trek history. It also briefly touches on some of the more significant developments in the areas of both real-life space exploration and science-fiction cinems have occurred over the past five decades or so – for additional historic perspective.
Check it out below: