48th anniversary of Star Trek

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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The modern Star Trek movies star Zachary Quinto as Spock and Chris Pines as James T. Kirk.

Trekkies rejoice and set your phasers to stun, because Star Trek turned 48 this week! Back on September 8, 1966, Star Trek aired on NBC, as Captain Kirk and Spock traveled through space on science-fiction adventures that were way ahead of their time.

Created by screenwriter, producer, and futurist Gene Roddenberry, the show revolved around the crew of the starship Enterprise, an exploration craft with a 5-year mission “to boldly go where no man has gone before”.

It starred William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk, with a multicultural cast including African-American Nichelle Nichols as Uhura and Japanese-American George Takei as Hikaru Sulu.

Now, 48 years later, the sci-fi and fantasy genre is bigger than ever, thanks in part to Star Trek‘s revolutionary cultural impact. Star Trek has spawned dozens of movies, TV series and toys, and is in many ways considered the biggest “rival” of Star Wars. Director J.J. Abrams has helped reboot the movies recently, with Star Trek in 2009 and the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013, and now he’s working on Star Wars: Episode VII!

Images courtesy of CBS and Paramount.