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The Science of Star Trek - 01/18/1995 - 1/8

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Published on Apr 29, 2010

The Science of Star Trek, part 1 of 8. This episode of the PBS series "The New Explorers", hosted by Bill Kurtis, aired on January 18, 1995. The show takes a look at the science portrayed in Star Trek and how some of it has translated into reality.

Interviewees include:

* Star Trek actors Leonard Nimoy (original series); Colm Meaney, Armin Shimmerman, Alexander Siddig (known at that time as Siddig El Fadil, and Avery Brooks ("Deep Space Nine"); Robert Picardo ("Voyager")
* Star Trek makeup artist Michael Westmore
* Star Trek science consultant Andre Bormanis
* Star Trek illustrator/technical advisor Rich Sternbach (his name was listed as James for some reason)
* NASA research scientists Dr. Carol Stoker and Dr. Butler Hine
* Production designer Herman Zimmerman
* Scenic art supervisor/technical advisor Mike Okuda
* 1988 Nobel laureate in physics Dr. Leon Lederman
* Lawrence Livermore Laboratory physicists Dr. David Morgan, Dr. Lloyd Hackel, Dr. Tom McEwen
* Project Phoenix scientist and manager Dr. Jill Charter
* MIT scientist Dr. Rodney Brooks
* NASA Doctor Richard Jennings
* NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd
* DCX project director Bill Gaubatz

In Part 6, gotta love the mid 1990s cell phone! Also, Robert Picardo's character was listed as "Dr. Zimmerman", a name the character was never actually given.

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