The classic line “Beam me up, Scotty” was never actually delivered. The phrase comes from the command Captain Kirk gives to his transporter chief when he wanted to return to the ship. The closest he came to saying it was “Scotty, beam us up” in the original series..
The line “to boldly go where no man has gone before” was taken almost verbatim from a White House booklet on space issued after the Sputnik flight in 1957. It’s also the world’s best-known example of a split infinitive – to be grammatically correct it should say “to go boldly”.
The flip open communicator that crew used to talk to the Enterprise has been credited as an early design model for the mobile phone. A real-life version of the hand-held phaser that went from stun to kill – hence the “phasers on stun” order – is said to be being developed by the US military.
A study found that children learn more about science from Star Trek than from any other source..
Some of the ashes of both Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and James Doohan, who played chief engineer “Scotty” have since been blasted into space aboard NASA rockets.
Captain James T. Kirk’s middle name is Tiberius..
Joan Collins had a role in 1967 episode The City On The Edge Of Forever in which the crew time-travel back to Earth. She played a social worker who Kirk falls in love with – but has to let die. If he didn’t she would change history… and Hitler would win World War 2..
Gene Roddenberry’s wife Majel Barrett was the voice of the ship’s computer.
To watch all 726 episodes, including spin-offs and 11 films back-to-back would take three weeks..
Bourne star Matt Damon turned down the role of Captain James T Kirk in the new Star Trek film.
Preparing for the role of Spock, actor Zachary Quinto shaved his eyebrows and dyed his hair – then admitted he felt like “a nerd”.
British comedy actor Simon Pegg took lessons from his Scottish wife Maureen McCann to help him with the accent for his part as “Scotty”.
The original Sixties Star Trek series was pulled after three years and 79 episodes on US TV because of low ratings. But the reruns became so popular it won a cult following and is now broadcast in more than 100 countries across the world and on over 120 TV stations in America alone..
TV bosses at first rejected Leonard Nimoy’s Spock character, fearing his “satanic” pointed ears would upset some viewers.
Nimoy revealed that Barack Obama gave him the Vulcan greeting gesture when the two met last year..
Nichelle Nichols, who played communications officer Lt Uhura, was one of the first black women to take a key role in a TV series. Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison cited the character as her inspiration for wanting to go into space..
A kiss between Kirk and Uhura in 1968 was hailed as the first inter-racial kiss on US TV. The episode was later banned in Britain – not because of the kiss, but because censors claimed it was too sadistic as it showed the crew being taunted by aliens..
Zachary Quinto, who plays Leonard Nimoy’s character Spock, had an awkward first meeting with the legendary star in a lift. After a silent journey, the doors opened and Nimoy turned to Quinto and said: “You have no idea what you’re in for.”