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."

galaxy
Noun

collection of stars, planets, gases, and other celestial bodies bound together by gravity.

harmony
Noun

agreement or complementary association of several parts.

mingle
Verb

to mix or combine with.

multicultural
Adjective

representing many different traditions or cultures.

optimistic
Adjective

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.

spacecraft
Noun

vehicle designed for travel outside Earth's atmosphere.

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