Star Trek Film Collection DVD/Blu-Ray release, Michael Fincke answered questions about life as an astronaut and Star Trek's influence in a piece called "Greetings from the International Space Station" (Produced by F2F's Stephen R. Wolcott.)
|Michael Fincke from Star Trek: First Contact DVD/Blu-Ray|
Star Trek has always maintained a strong relationship with NASA, JPL, and other space agencies. The impact of the series and films can be seen in many ways, from naming the first Space Shuttle "Enterprise", to recent talk of warp drive technology. In past F2F entries, we've explored how Star Trek's cultural impact has led to fiction becoming reality, including technical advances. A recent article in the Mirror pointed out several ideas seen in Star Trek films, including the hypospray, replicators, tractor beams, and the universal translator. For instance, US troops in Afghanistan use a Phraselator, which translates numerous languages, and 3D 'replicating' plastic printers helped create an artificial knee for a wounded soldier.