NASA Teams With ‘Star Trek’ To Explain Real Final Frontiers

There is a long history of ‘Star Trek’ working with NASA. But it looks like the franchise and the worlds largest Space Agency are to re-team. Regardless of what...

There is a long history of ‘Star Trek’ working with NASA. But it looks like the franchise and the worlds largest Space Agency are to re-team.

Regardless of what time period it is in. Space remains the final frontier, but there is a world of difference between the worlds explored in ‘Star Trek’ and what is actually impossible, but that isn’t going to stop NASA.

At next monthsStar Trek Mission New York Convention,’ which continues to 50th anniversary celebrations of the TV and film incarnations of the series. NASA will provide a track of programming talking about the reality behind the science fantasy of Kirk, Spock et al.

Some of the leading minds from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will lead five “Trek Talks” at the three day convention, which takes place across Labor Day weekend. The topics up for discussion will include alien life, exploring (and discovering) strange new worlds and the ways in which Star Trek has influenced the reality of space exploration and technological development.

In a statement, Lance Fensterman, global senior VP of Mission New York organizers ReedPOP, said, “NASA’s Trek Talks at Star Trek: Mission New York will give fans the opportunity to be fully immersed in the fascinating ways in which Star Trek has impacted space exploration, from paving the way for new technologies, to fostering an interest in the exploring beyond Earth, and dreaming up alien life.”

NASA’s Trek Talks across the weekend will be:

  • Ugly Bags of Mostly Water: What Will Aliens Really Be Like? (Sept. 3, 12:15 in Room 1A23, led by Phil Plait and NASA’s Bobak Ferdowsi)
  • The Science of Exoplanets (Sept. 3, 3:30 in Room 1A21, led by NASA’s Matt Ritsko and Jeff Volosin)
  • First Contact: Looking For Life in the Universe (Sept. 4, 10:30 am in Room 1A23, led by Ferdowsi and SETI’s Dan Werthimer)
  • The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite: NASA’s Next Mission To Find Strange New Worlds (Sept. 4, 11:45 am in Room 1A23, led by Ritsko and Volosin)
  • NASA (Sept. 4, 1:30 on the main stage, moderated by Robert Picardo, with panelists including NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Deputy Director of Science Communications Michelle Taller, Program Executive for Solar System Exploration Dave Lavery, Senior Technical Officer Jeffrey Sheehy, and Adam Nimoy).

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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