Star Trek fans celebrate franchise's 50th anniversary

September 08, 2016 08:49 AM

Fifty years ago Thursday, science fiction fans were treated to a brand new space adventure when the very first episode of Star Trek aired.

That first show ended after only three years, but it inspired generations. Six television series -- which total over 700 episodes -- and 13 movies have been produced.

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All told, watching every episode and movie of Star Trek back-to-back for 24 hours a day would take more than three weeks.

Star Trek fans even changed the course of space history. A write-in campaign by fans led NASA to change the name of the shuttle "Constitution" to "Enterprise."

There's even a big local connection to the iconic show. There's an original series set tour in Ticonderoga. It's officially licensed, and the creators spent 15 years getting every detail from Star Trek: The Original Series correct.

The set is located on Montcalm Street. It opens up Thursday at 10 a.m. General admission tickets run around $25.

For more information on the exhibit, click here.


WNYT Staff

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