On Sept. 8, 1966, Star Trek, a science-fiction television series, premiered on NBC. The show, created by Gene Roddenberry, followed a spacecraft, the Enterprise, as it traveled the galaxy with a multicultural crew. In addition to featuring people of different ethnicities, different alien species coexisted on the ship. This was one of the first shows to imagine such an optimistic, harmonious future.
Star Trek has become a powerful cultural force. People travel around the world to attend Star Trek conventions and mingle with other fans of the show. It prompted popular spoofs and spinoffs, and catchphrases, such as "Live long and prosper."
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry galaxy Noun
collection of stars, planets, gases, and other celestial bodies bound together by gravity.
agreement or complementary association of several parts.
to mix or combine with.
representing many different traditions or cultures.
having a hopeful or positive point of view.
science fiction adjective, noun
art form that draws on knowledge of science for plot, setting, or character.
vehicle designed for travel outside Earth's atmosphere.