Star Trek Movie ‘Rising From Titan’ Images Available Online

One of the more dramatic moments from the Star Trek movie was when the USS Enterprise rises from the clouds of Saturn’s moon Titan. This scene was actually suggested by the science advisor Carolyn Porco, who also leads the imaging science team for NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn. Now Paramount has given Porco a couple of beautiful high res images of that scene for her website.


Enterprise Rises From Titan
One of the more dramatic images from the Star Trek movie was when the USS Enterprise rises from the clouds of Saturn’s moon Titan. This show was actually suggested by the science advisor Carolyn Porco. No Paramount has given Porco a couple of very high resolution images of that scene exclusively for her website.

USS Enterprise rises from Titan
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USS Enterprise rises from Titan
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Cinefex cover
The lower image also graced the cover of Cinefex magazine in their July issue, which also has more images and details on the making of the effects for Star Trek. You can order that issue online for $15.


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September 15, 2009 1:20 pm

Awesome image!

Commander DJ
September 15, 2009 1:20 pm

Awesome – need the movie, need the movie, need the movie….

bill hiro
September 15, 2009 1:22 pm

Wow, I had no idea Cinefex was still being published.

September 15, 2009 1:23 pm

Its well cool, loved that part of the film. Wonder how long it takes for the nitpickers to tune in with the whole ‘oh if the had came out of titan at that position you wouldn’t have seen saturns rings etc etc

steve z
September 15, 2009 1:26 pm

i was on a cruise ship the had it on their on demand..i saw it 3 times..its also playing in most hotels with on demand service..

September 15, 2009 1:26 pm

look at the high rez images of the ship… you can really see the detail in these shots. MAGNIFICENT!

September 15, 2009 1:27 pm

I am referring specifically to the PNGs didnt bother with the JPG

September 15, 2009 1:34 pm

Very nice. It almost looks like the TMP Enterprise in that shot with Saturn’s Rings.

Trelane's Mirror
September 15, 2009 1:39 pm

Beautiful mirror. Shame it’s such an unsalvageably ugly ship. A soulless bastardization of a Grand Old Lady perpetrated by videogame junkie Star Wars designers.

Trelane's Mirror
September 15, 2009 1:40 pm

Sorry, meant to say “render”, not “mirror”!

September 15, 2009 1:44 pm

Oh boy here we go again…

Captain Otter
September 15, 2009 1:48 pm

Gee, Trelane, troll much?

The JJ-Prise doesn’t look a dad gum think like any Star Wars ship- nor does it resemble the ships of any video game series I’m aware of. It is simply a fresh take on the traditional design.

I’m not saying you have to like it. Of course you are free to dislike the new design.

I’m just saying you shouldn’t be such a jerk about it.

Capt. Tony
September 15, 2009 1:49 pm

Jesus Christ, every time there is a picture of the new ship theres someone bitching.

September 15, 2009 1:51 pm

Personally, I just don’t like the retro aesthetic. It looks more dated than the 60s version to me.

September 15, 2009 1:52 pm

That is awsome, but i think it further proves that the size is comprable to the TMP one. Maybe its a little longer, but its definitely not taller.

Captain Otter
September 15, 2009 1:55 pm


I agree. Other than the nacelles, I find JJ’s version to be very similar to TMP.

Trelane's Mirror
September 15, 2009 1:55 pm

Allen: Actually (and this is part of my beef) it specifically shows the opposite, despite (and I agree with U here) that the design obviously started out intended to be the same size. Look clsoely at the rim of the saucer in the 6000px image, you can see low ceilings close behind the windows. Filling in the parts you can’t see, you get 4 or 5 decks at the rim — there are only supposed to be 2!

Repo Code
September 15, 2009 1:57 pm

Your right Trelane. I dont understand why anyone who thinks the JJ-prise is a bloated ubership gets yelled at here. It will never be our big E

Captain Otter
September 15, 2009 2:02 pm

If you look at the comparison ) you will see that all JJ’s team did was fill out the saucer- which is actually logical. One of the problems w/ the TMP design is that the “bump” on the underside was too shallow compared w/ TOS.

The new design takes the TMP vibe and actually adjusts it to be closer to (though slightly larger than) the TOS design.

If anything, the new saucer design is an homage to both the TMP and TOS designs.

Not bad for “video game junkie Star Wars designers.”

Trelane's Mirror
September 15, 2009 2:10 pm

Otter: Look at teh deck plans for the TMP girl (or notice the size of the gangway hatch on the port rim) – the classic ship’s saucer is only two decks tall at the rim. Now look closely at the windows on the new render (or read any of the dozens of posts from the ILM peopel who made the model) – the new saucer is 4 or 5 decks tall. Since, as you hint at, the saucer is about the size relative to the rest of the shiip as on the old ship, that means the ship as a whole is more than double the length with many times the interior volume, a totally absurd size. That’s no “homage”!

September 15, 2009 2:15 pm

11 and 17. Let me just say I agree with you guys. Not sure I would go as far as you Trelane to say “A soulless bastardization” but I this is not our Enterprise. That’s part I don’t get, why is the Enterprise all of a sudden so freaking huge?! I think if they would have left it alone, they’d have a lot less bickering from the fans, and I doubt any new watchers would have said “I wish they’d have redone the ship” a bit of advice for Mr. Abrams. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Captain Otter
September 15, 2009 2:22 pm

First of all, I see four decks on the TMP design. Look at the layering, man! The saucer clearly has . Second of all, in the TOS design, there is all sorts of “hidden” space- Jefferies tubes and the like.

In other words, it is not at all necessary to imagine that there was room for four of five decks in the previous designs- two decks used as decks, and two or three decks-worth of crawl space.

Considering that in the 60s and even in the late 70s and early 80s, we assumed that massive computing power would require such “mechanical levels” to accommodate the massive technical gear required to keep the bridge and other command functions in the saucer section functioning.

But these days we know that computing technology is getting smaller. Thus for someone designing in 2009 using the same scale used by Gene, we should assume that the Enterprise would gain vast amounts of usable space- perhaps even whole decks-worth- versus previous designs.

But maybe you’d prefer Spock keep using those 2-inch square data tapes with, like, three megs worth of data each and we pretend that the silicon revolution has never happened.

If Trek is going to remain relevant, we cannot keep pining for a vision of the Enterprise which is actually technologically laughable by our modern standards.

Captain Otter
September 15, 2009 2:24 pm

The first paragraph third sentence should read “The saucer (referring to the TMP design) clearly has more than two layers even if there are only two “decks.” Sorry for the error.

Harry Ballz
September 15, 2009 2:24 pm

Never mind the shape or size of the ship…..I saw the movie three times and enjoyed it, but with every shot of the Enterprise I never felt like we were looking at a real ship! With current day CGI and models, can’t they do a better job than this??

September 15, 2009 2:33 pm

The detail is breathtaking.
So, that means this is an actual picture. I mean they’ve built it and it’s out there in space and I can go aboard her, right??

OH COME ON! IT’S FRAKKIN’ 2009 ALREADY! Where’s my starship??

September 15, 2009 2:34 pm

I loved this shot, probably one of my favorite shots in the movie.

The size was necessary to convey how vast and powerful they were.

Mike Mike
September 15, 2009 2:35 pm

I’ve been waiting for this image for a long time. I think the ship can tend to look “less real” during certain scenes because of the lighting used. The initial side profile we see of the ship in the movie looked the most real to me, while the shot with the shuttle craft entering the docking bay did not seem to look as good. It is the same high quality model, just light differently in various scenes. Brighter lighting tends to remind me of how the original models were filmed in the Original Movies, so I think that is why I equate a brighter ship to being a real physical ship.

Trelane's Mirror
September 15, 2009 2:36 pm

Otter: We’ll just have to agree to disagree then. For me, it is EXACTLY a lack of respect for the original Vision of the Enterprise and a misplaced desire to remake everything in order to make it “relevant” that ruined the designs in the new movie. There is NOTHING “laughable” about the visionary work of Matt Jeffries, Andy Probert, R Sternbach, etc. – in contrast to the silly, totally unrealistic gratuitous curvy hotrod shapes and ridiculous scale of the new design. There have been few sci fi designs as timeless as theirs, and it is a shame that some felt the need to trample all over them in order to fill some imaginary need to meet “modern standards”.

September 15, 2009 2:41 pm

Agree with the chaps above. I can just plop the good old refit or -A into that scene and it looks so much better. That’s just it–not only is it in my opinion not as good a design as the original, but it has less good angles overall due to its swept-forward engine struts.

sensor ghost
September 15, 2009 2:41 pm

YES. That was my favorite shot in the whole movie. <3

September 15, 2009 2:42 pm

@28. Trelane’s Mirror

I think the polar opposite of pretty much everything you just said.
Eh well, IDIC, different strokes for different folks and all that.


September 15, 2009 2:42 pm

More like Trelane’s Troll….

The Geek Who Gets Laid Often
September 15, 2009 2:51 pm

Just the way I see it:

An alien ship from the future showed up and presented a huge threat for the Federation, altering the time-line. In the twenty-something years following the incident, Starfleet has worked hard at making its ships bigger and stronger and a little more brewery-like.

If you’re not content with that, there’s also the real-world reality of the old Enterprise being horribly dated. It was horribly dated by the 80’s. That’s why they had constant ”refits”.

I can’t understand canon fascists. How can you sleep at night knowing that James R. Kirk, ion drive being way beyond warp drive, Klingon foreheads and the 1990’s Eugenics wars can bring your whole belief system crashing down on you?

Captain Otter
September 15, 2009 2:53 pm


Let me be clear- based on the state of techonology in the 60s, Mr. Jeffries was indeed a visionary and there was nothing laughable in the dsign.

But for a modern film maker working on the Big E, to make work within the framework of a 1960s-era vision of future technology would be utterly laughable.

Or to de-Trek this debate, I think we can both agree that who ever invented the Katana was a bloody brilliant weapon designer. But it would be a joke to walk onto a modern battlefield and face a well-equipped US Marine armed only with an old sword.

Coming to grips with such realities doesn’t require besmirching the sword maker.

Nor does my argument besmirch Matt Jeffries or anyone else.

Likewise, your luddite devotion to “the way things used to be” doesn’t honor Matt Jeffries.

September 15, 2009 3:02 pm

I tend to wonder about people who think the 1990’s eugenics wars are a problem for a fictional universe.

September 15, 2009 3:04 pm

I love these pictures. I would love them a lot more if they were of a different Enterprise. Still, there’s no use complaining at this point. I just have to accept the way things are now and live with it.

The Geek Who Gets Laid Often
September 15, 2009 3:12 pm


They certainly are not as far as I’m concerned. Science fiction, as a term, is pretty self-explanatory (in this case for the latter half of the term). I’m just dumbfounded by the way people pick and choose what they consider to be rock-solid fandom dogma.

September 15, 2009 3:53 pm

That’s a very good and funnily faithful rendition if you ask me. Sorry your missing the party Trelane.

September 15, 2009 4:21 pm

The saucer has the wrong number of decks?

Get a life, people. It’s a #@&$% movie.


September 15, 2009 4:29 pm

That light in that one window is off.

September 15, 2009 5:11 pm

Wonderful pictures and, imo, wonderful ship.

September 15, 2009 5:42 pm

It’s a nice ship. It was a good movie. That’s all I’ve got to say. Buh bye.

September 15, 2009 6:02 pm

The JJ Abrams Starship images look great (just enough detail to make the New Enterprise look real). I forgot who said the saucer deck count is wrong, great observation, I would have missed that until after I printed a poster of NCC-1701.

So were did the missing deck go? But still the picture looks almost perfect. As for lights off in the image, it may be imperfect, but little things like that make pictures look real. Minor errors make things look correct because life has yet to be perfect, and if it is not perfect the more we think it can be real.

100% Perfect = Not Real, and major errors make things look wrong, but things like a Deck missing in the saucer section rarely gets noticed.

September 15, 2009 6:14 pm

@42: Very succinct, I approve.

@40: OMG, you’re right! Star Trek is Ruined FOREVER!!!one1!

Thank you, Dr. Porco for such an amazing image!

When I saw this in theatre, my jaw was on the floor. Just… wow. I know that real atmospheres probably don’t work that way, but this is perfectly alright by me. ;D
As usual, ILM’s work is nothing short of exquisite.

I don’t suppose we could get a nice big pic of that shot just before the main titles, where the Narada is damaged and listing, and the little fleet of shuttles slowly making their way to safety, all silhouetted by the massive star in the background… that was my other “wow” moment, effect-wise.

Sci-Fi Bri
September 15, 2009 6:21 pm


September 15, 2009 6:22 pm

If they do change anything on the Enterprise for the next film, I rather hope they put in more windows, and add the NCC number to the saucer underside. Right now it looks kind of… barren (is that the right word?).

And I just need to get this off my chest — it’s not the “JJ-prise”. This version of the Enterprise was designed by Ryan Church. Assign blame/compliments to the right person, FFS.

September 15, 2009 6:24 pm

#35) wkiryn, there was a 1990’s genetics war, it just was not a eugenics. Do you remember the race to map the Human DNA chain. And Slick Willie got to announce the winner in 1997.

The war aspect was in the battles and fights for money donors and who would finish the race first. You have to realize today’s wars are not guns and bombs they have become bank accounts and credit limits.

Only primitive people use guns, bombs and death, as the US creates Robotic Terminators. Battles are becoming robotic starting with the Cruise Missile. This started with Hitler’s use ov Van Braun to create the V1 & V2. Van Braun the showed us how to bet Russia to the Moon.

Next is optical EM proof 64bit CPU’s to run the Robots then Human death in war will be greatly lowered, and thus war will happen more often. Thus our creative powers will need to move faster. Thus education must move from the Union Self protection control of the teacher into a learning and engineering new things to win. Otherwise we become history and so will freedom be killed by those that want to be bosses.

And in the worst case there will be no more dreams of Star Trek and technology’s advance and improvements.

September 15, 2009 6:32 pm

Q: The nit-pickers have already been all over me about all the things that aren’t exactly right in this image. And I’ve commented on some of them before. At this point, let’s let it lie, and enjoy the pics. I’m glad to see many of you already are. Let’s hope they’ll be more real planetary scenes in the next one!

Lord Ravenwood
September 15, 2009 6:42 pm

Quoted from the Diamond Sky Productions website:

“We, of course, are biased, but we think you’ll agree: The Enterprise has never looked so good.”

I don’t agree.

Obviously, they’ve never seen an episode of “Star Trek” the original series re-mastered or the first six “Star Trek” films.

I do agree with Trelane’s Mirror (#9).

September 15, 2009 6:53 pm

WOW…. just wow… i’m taking this to get printed right away