Star Trek invades our timeline

I was at Kennedy Space Center yesterday and they have an exhibit with all of the Apollo mission flags. Having mission flags is a great idea, more software launches should have flags, too. I noticed one in particular:

apollo_flag

(Please excuse the poor image quality, I have a technology-defying ability to take crappy photographs.)

Those symbols on the flag look vaguely familiar…

apollo_rotated

Compare to:

starfleet_insignia

What’s hilarious to me is that Star Trek: The Original Series started airing in 1966. Apollo 15 didn’t launch until 1971, so it must have been pretty blatant that they were copying that. I couldn’t find anything about it with a brief Google search.

Another exhibit about the space shuttle confirmed the intermingling between NASA and Star Trek:

enterprise_shuttle

Live long and prosper!

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