‘Building Star Trek,’ A New 2-Hour Special Salutes The 50th Anniversary Of The Iconic Series


William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk. Photo courtesy CBS-TV

This one’s not only for fans of the series franchise, but anyone interested in science and technology won’t want to miss this new 2-hour special from the Smithsonian Channel Sunday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.

‘Building Star Trek’ celebrates the 50th anniversary of Star Trek by taking a look at the lasting influence the original Star Trek series has had on the world.

Besides a tribute to the series, the special also follows the conservation team from The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum as they attempt to restore and conserve the original 11-foot, 250 pound model of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original series.  It will also track the effort to rebuild a model of the original U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge by using authentic set pieces and props, which recently went on display at Seattle’s EMP Museum.

They will also profile a new generation of engineers and scientists who are making Star Trek’s visionary technology real, pushing the boundaries of physics with inventions first received on the iconic series: warp drives, medical tricorders, cloaking devices and tractor beams.  Proving that one TV show has truly gone where no man has gone before.

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