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Vote For Star Trek Theme To Be Final Shuttle Wakeup Music August 22, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Music,Science/Technology,TOS , trackback

NASA is holding an online poll for what will be some of the final wakeup songs for the Space Shuttle program, and the original Star Trek theme is currently in second place. More info (including how you can vote) below. Plus we have a full history of NASA’s Star Trek wakeup songs (including audio clips). 


Vote For Star Trek theme to be one of final shuttle wakeup calls

NASA has been waking up their astronauts in space with music starting with the Gemini program in the 60’s all the way through to today and the Shuttle program. Each morning mission control in Houston wakes up the crew with a song, which are traditionally selected by friends and family members of the crew. The Shuttle program is now coming to an end and NASA is looking to the public to get involved with some of the final songs for the program.

For the final mission (STS-134 scheduled for February 26, 2011) NASA is looking for song submissions, with two to be selected to be played during the mission. And for the second to last mission (STS-133 schedule for November 1st) NASA has opened up voting to the public to select from a top ‘top 40′ list of songs from previous shuttle missions (including the original Star Trek theme by Alexander Courage).

The top two vote getters will be beamed into space, and currently the The Star Trek theme is in second place. Here are the current top 10 leaders:

  1. Countdown (by Rush) 12111 Votes – 22.2%
  2. Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 11859 Votes – 21.7%
  3. Blue Sky (by Big Head Todd) 7422 Votes – 13.6%
  4. Beautiful Day (by U2) 5064 Votes – 9.3%
  5. Rendezvous (by Bruce Springsteen) 2161 Votes – 4.0%
  6. What a Wonderful World (by Louis Armstrong) 1886 Votes – 3.5%
  7. Window on the World (by Jimmy Buffett) 1832 Votes – 3.4%
  8. Enter Sandman (by Metallica) 1627 Votes – 3.0%
  9. Here Comes the Sun (by The Beatles) 1281 Votes – 2.3%
  10. Imagine (by John Lennon) 1125 Votes – 2.1%

VOTE: More info on the contest is at: And a direct link to vote for Star Trek is at

The shuttle program began with Star Trek fans inspiring NASA to name the first orbiter "Enterprise", so it only make sense for Star Trek to be part of the ‘swan song’ for the program .

Shuttle Enterprise introduced in 1976

History of Star Trek NASA Wakeup calls

There have actually been six occasions when Star Trek music was used in NASA wakeup calls, all during the Space Shuttle era (which is only fitting as the first shuttle was named "Enterprise"). On two occasions wakeup calls also included recorded messages from Star Trek captains (William Shatner and Patrick Stewart). Here is a full breakdown of the Star Trek wakeup calls, with notes from the NASA archives. There are also links to audio from some of the more recent Star Trek wakeup calls.

STS 29 – 3/16/89
"Star Trek" theme + William Shatner
Discovery crew woke Mission Control with theme from “Star Trek” followed by congratulatory comments from William Shatner. Mission Control responded with a medley of school songs from crew members’ alma maters: “Anchors Aweigh”, The Air Force Song (“Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder”), and Drexel University “Fight Song” CAPCOM: G. David Low. He responded with ad lib: “Discovery, Houston – Beam Me Up, Scotty.”

STS 44 11/25/91
"Star Trek: The Next Generation Theme + Patrick Stewart"
Crew woken to: "Space – the final frontier.  This is the voyage of the Space Shuttle Atlantis – Its ten-day mission: To explore new methods of remote sensing and observation of the planet Earth – To seek out new data on radiation in space, and a new understanding of the effects of microgravity on the human body – To boldly go where two hundred and fifty-five men and women have gone before. Hello – Fred, Tom, Story, Jim, Tom, and especially Mario – This is Patrick Stewart, choosing not to outrank you as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, saying that we are confident of a productive and successful mission.Make it so."
All this to the theme music of "Star Trek – the Next Generation" Capcom Marsha Ivins contacted actor Patrick Stewart to request the special wakeup call for Mario Runco, a big "Star Trek" fan.

STS-72 1/15/96
“Star Trek Next Generation” theme by James Horner. [NOTE: NASA’s official archive lists Horner in error instead of Jerry Goldsmith]

STS-111 6/16/2002 
"Where My Heart Will Take Me," the theme song from TV series, “Star Trek: Enterprise,” performed by Russell Watson.

STS-114 8/2/2005
"Where My Heart Will Take Me," the theme song from “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
This song, was selected for the crew as a surprise dedication from the Deputy Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale. (This selection was identified as composed by Dennis McCarthy in STS-114 MCC Status Report #16. Though McCarthy did write the orchestral suites for the “Star Trek” TV series he did not write this. It was written by Diane Warren originally as “Faith of the Heart” for the soundtrack of the film, “Patch Adams” and sung by Rod Stewart. Then, virtually the identical song was renamed and used as the theme for “Enterprise” — this time sung by British tenor, Russell Watson)

STS-125 5/20/2009
Theme from the television series “Star Trek,” which was composed by Alexander Courage.
The song was played for the entire crew.

Source: NASA Chronology of Wakeup Calls – PDF


1. 1701A2E - August 22, 2010

Done voting!

2. Sybok - August 22, 2010

We’re behind Rush so get voting!!!

3. Alex - August 22, 2010

Voted for Trek! However the Star Trek theme is no longer in the lead.

4. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 22, 2010

I voted and I hope star trek wins as it would be fitting.

5. John Whorfin - August 22, 2010

STS-72 1/15/96
“Star Trek Next Generation” theme by James Horner.


Someone’s Trekkie credentials need to be revoked. ;-)

6. Vultan - August 22, 2010

Big Head Todd gets more votes than Louis Armstrong…. oy vey…

7. Kweeg - August 22, 2010

While not Trek, Rush’s “Countdown” would be cool too.

8. michaela - August 22, 2010

go to vote!!

9. Captain Dunsel - August 22, 2010

Too bad “Beyond Antares” isn’t on the list.

10. Anthony Pascale - August 22, 2010

RE: STS 72 Horner
That (and all the other text) is taken directly from the NASA archive. I have added a note that they are in error for the nitpcikers and a link directly to the PDF. Please send letter to NASA telling them off

RE: Rush leading
When the article was being written Trek was in the lead but somehow Rush pulled ahead. Hopefully soon Trek will again be number one

11. Red Dead Ryan - August 22, 2010

I surprised “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf isn’t on that list. :-)

12. Luke Forrester - August 22, 2010

NASA will probably ignore this vote and play whatever they feel like, just like when the ignored the ISS pod naming (Colbert tried to get it named after him, but even the NASA list winner wasn’t the name they went with).

13. Phil - August 22, 2010

Tough one….gotta go the The Boss….

14. Julio Scissors - August 22, 2010

One of the few things I like more than Star Trek is Rush! So I’m a traitor… :)

15. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - August 22, 2010

I played along. Star Trek it is!
However, the count is now like this…

Countdown (by Rush) 12493 Votes – 22.4%
Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 12088 Votes – 21.7%

I am still miffed Shatner did not attend the Enterprise christening in ’76.
Was there ever an explaination?

But, what really miffs me now is O’s abandoning the Shuttle program.


Change we can believe in? Huh?

Now kick me if I am stupid, but should’nt we just be parking all the last trip Shuttles in orbit – at the Space Station! We could then easily use them in the event of an emergency at the station, or later as a projectile to intercept a meteor heading toward Earth (the main engines would be perfect to lift a warhead to a meteor – they could even fly it remotely), or perhaps to assist in our eventual moon missions (the payload bay would work well to bring things to the moon).


16. John Gill - August 22, 2010

I am surprised the Theme From 2001 was not on the list…

17. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - August 22, 2010

Yeah, let’s throw this away…

18. Jeff O'Connor - August 22, 2010

I’ll post this on TrekBBS to get some more votes.

19. NX-17000 - August 22, 2010

We’re in the Lead! Yahoo! Go Trek!

20. jas_montreal - August 22, 2010


Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 13383 Votes – 23.0%
Countdown (by Rush) 12960 Votes – 22.3%

21. Losira - August 22, 2010

My nephew works for NASA on the cape. The ending for the shuttle program was a bad}ecision made while Bush was in office . Funding cu . My nephew said. Now to the voting voted trek!! Downloaded audio clips to my BB great ring tnes so I guess I voted twice in a funky way!

22. CarlG - August 22, 2010

Still in the lead by .9% ! :)

To be honest, though, I would have preferred an option for something more grandiose, like the theme from First Contact or Wrath of Khan or Voyager.

23. Dee - August 22, 2010


24. warp_10 - August 22, 2010

Trek’s ahead still, but losing ground… down to +0.7%

25. Losira - August 22, 2010

Keep voting! Keep voting folks! Trek has got to win this!

26. Will_H - August 22, 2010

I still think it should be Goldsmith’s Star Trek theme, the original is seriously outdated and I don’t think is as recognizable to the general, non-Trekkie public.

27. WannaBeatle - August 22, 2010

heh, kinda stuck between a rock and a hard day’s night on this one for me. We’ve got the Trek theme AND TWO BEATLE related songs.

Tis a shame that McCartney was never would have been” Bass…the final frontier..” instead.

28. Magic_Al - August 22, 2010

^26. I prefer Goldsmith as well, but the Courage theme played over the main titles of the JJ Abrams movie and Goldsmith was last heard in Nemesis and a brief quote in the final scene of Enterprise.

29. Rocket Scientist - August 22, 2010

I voted for Trek. Man, it’s gotta be Trek.

30. Cali - August 22, 2010

I just voted and ST was still in #2. =(

10 Anthony Pascale OR ANYONE!

Do you know how to contact ocWolf68? The guy who put up the video a couple weeks ago with the Enterprise and the original series characters morphing into the new ones? That would be an AWESOME entry under “Original Music” and I think he’d have a good shot at winning!

I just tried to send him a reply in YouTube (Here’s his video: but it won’t take my post because of the link.

I think his music would be an awesome piece to add to the list if the TOS doesn’t get it.

If anyone knows him, PLEASE get word to him to come here and enter! Thanks much! =)


31. Sheldon Cooper - August 22, 2010

Rush? RUSH???

32. S. John Ross - August 22, 2010

I’d vote for the Louis Armstrong but it’s tailing way too much :(

33. Buzz Cagney - August 22, 2010

Just a couple of hundred votes in it now.

34. VorpalK - August 22, 2010

Rush’s Countdown was written ABOUT the first launch of Columbia. I can’t think of anything more appropriate.

35. Phaser Guy - August 22, 2010

I thought Nasa was broke. How can they afford this?

36. VorpalK - August 22, 2010

#30 I could say “Trek, TREK?”. The Rush song is more appropriate. You should try listening to it.

I’m a huge Trek fan, but really…

Lit up with anticipation
We arrive at the launching site
The sky is still dark, nearing dawn
On the Florida coastline

Circling choppers slash the night
With roving searchlight beams
This magic day when super-science
Mingles with the bright stuff of dreams

Floodlit in the hazy distance
The star of this unearthly show
Venting vapours, like the breath
Of a sleeping white dragon

Crackling speakers, voices tense
Resume the final count
All systems check, T minus nine
As the sun and the drama start to mount

The air is charged
A humid, motionless mass
The crowds and the cameras,
The cars full of spectators pass
Excitement so thick you could cut it with a knife
Technology…high, on the leading edge of life

The earth beneath us starts to tremble
With the spreading of a low black cloud
A thunderous roar shakes the air
Like the whole world exploding

Scorching blast of golden fire
As it slowly leaves the ground
Tears away with a mighty force
The air is shattered by the awesome sound

Like a pillar of cloud
The smoke lingers high in the air
In fascination
With the eyes of the world
We stare…

37. VorpalK - August 22, 2010

Anyhow, since it is the top TWO vote getters that will be picked, it looks like both Rush and the Courage Trek theme will be going.

38. jorDe' - August 22, 2010

Current Standings
Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 15804 Votes – 24.1%
Countdown (by Rush) 15468 Votes – 23.5%

39. Buzz Cagney - August 22, 2010

#36 its a new one on me, but you are correct, that song is a good choice and, as you say, the Top2 get to play. So that and Trek will hopefully win through.

40. ster julie - August 22, 2010

#17. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) – August 22, 2010
Yeah, let’s throw this away…

Such a waste, but I’d like to see something better, safer replace it.

41. Buzz Cagney - August 22, 2010

#39 We Brits felt a similar sadness when Concorde was sent the way of the Dodo.
Both amazing pieces of machinery.
I heard recently about a U2 pilot, all space suited up and on the edge of space being amazed as Concorde, full of suit and tie and champagne drinking types, tore past him!
It will be a while before we see the likes of the Shuttle and Concorde again I fear.

42. Cali - August 22, 2010

40 AWESOME photo!! =)

43. Vultan - August 22, 2010

I would recommend Bill Conti’s theme to The Right Stuff, but it being the shuttle’s last flight I think something solemn and reflective would be more appropriate. It will be the end of an era—not just the shuttle fleet but American spaceflight in general. I was sad when I heard the shuttle flights would end, but there was a sense of relief and hope when I read about the Constellation Project to return to the Moon.

Now that’s been canceled… what is there to look forward to? Hitching rides with the Russians to the ISS for the next twenty years? Way to go, NASA—boldly following the other guys—again. Khrushchev is smiling somewhere…

44. Skrat5 - August 22, 2010

Looks like the Star Trek theme is in first place now; Countdown is second!

45. Buzz Cagney - August 22, 2010

#41 Cali, sorry I have no photograpic evidence of this! I heard the story recently on a programme about Concorde.
You never know, it may be worth a Google to see of a picture is out there.

46. Mark Lynch - August 23, 2010

Star Trek is in front, 27% with 19215 votes…

47. William Kirk - August 23, 2010

I´d like to know, what would Mr. Goldsmith say on the info, that his theme was composed especially by Horner :-D R.I.P. Mr. Goldsmith.

48. I am kirok! - August 23, 2010

Every time I see the Trek photo at the Shuttle from 1976 I remember the era of the leisure suit but if you look more closely you see that ONLY the cast members and GR are wearing leisure suits – probably not a William Theiss costume design :)

49. Charla - August 23, 2010

Wished it would have been “Enterprising Young Men” – I just like that one too!

Glad to report Star Trek Theme song is in the lead though by 7%!


50. I'm Dead Jim! - August 23, 2010

Wow, tough choice as I’m a big Rush fan. But really, we’re talking about the future from here on out so let’s go with the final frontier!

51. I'm Dead Jim! - August 23, 2010

@15 I don’t want to get political but the shuttle phase-out began during the Bush admin. But I agree that Obama isn’t helping matters any. Tough times!

52. Dave H - August 23, 2010

Trek theme is now ahead!
But I do like Rush too!

53. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 23, 2010

Heres an Update. Star Trek now leads Rush by 21,583 to 16,872. So Trek is winning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

54. Tony Whitehead - August 23, 2010

8:00am CST
TOS Theme 22270 29.1 percent
Countdown 17196 22.4 percent

55. iTrekker - August 23, 2010

Just got done voting and trek is ahead 29.1% to 22.4%. Vote people, don’t let your guard down!

56. Pensive's Wetness - August 23, 2010

I voted for Rush… it aint gonna win (but damnit, at least my vote is less worthless than all the vote catagories that got… what… 300 votes max?)

regardless… what is next NASA? :/

57. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 23, 2010

Update at 835 am Cdt.
Trek 22,870
Rush 17,287

58. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 23, 2010

Looks like us crazy Trek fans are riging the Vote. Lol.

59. Lore - August 23, 2010

#40 Civilization in decline. No space shuttle replacement, just depend on the Russians to get us to the space station the US paid for. Instead of voting on a swansong, why don’t we organize a protest and demand a shuttle replacement.

60. Tyrone Alfonso - August 23, 2010

OMG what if enter sandman actually won? Good song but COMPLETELY out of place. If I woke up to that knowing people voted for it I’d roll my eyes and consider not returning home.

61. Horatio - August 23, 2010

#58. I’m with you. What is being done to our manned space program is criminal.

62. JPSaylor - August 23, 2010

As much as I LOVE the Beatles, I don’t think they could wake me up. At least unless if it was like Helter Skelter or Revolution. Star Trek might do it, but I think Rush might do it better. I think I’d still go with Star Trek though. :)

63. jamesmctrek - August 23, 2010

The space shuttel program is 40 years old uts dated and needs replaced with somthing faster and safer i mean we need to start innovating and moving toward the future we see in star trek

64. Mark Lynch - August 23, 2010

I think you will find it is the International Space Station and as such has been funded by many different countries, 16 I think, including Russia. Please get the facts right if you are going to argue a point.

However, I must agree that the way in which NASA has been short changed by the US government is terrible, especially as it takes such a small proportion of the overall budget.

65. Rick in R.I. - August 23, 2010

I bet a lot of people voting for “Magic Carpet Ride” are Trek fans who have ST: First Contact in mind.
Can’t say I didn’t hesitate in voting for the theme song, with the launch of the Phoenix in mind!

66. Lore - August 23, 2010

#63 Pledged money and actual spent money are two different things. Without the United States the space station wouldn’t have been possible.

67. Lore - August 23, 2010

#60 Why do Trek fans compare Obama to Spock? Last time I checked Spock wasn’t trying to mothball Starfleet.

68. Andrew - August 23, 2010

Star Trek theme now seems to be in the lead.

69. Buzz Cagney - August 23, 2010

Oh yes, by 9%.
I see Rocket Man by Elton John is on the list. They should have gone with Shatners version!

70. Darkowski - August 23, 2010

Star Trek theme in the lead!

30.9% to 22% for Countdown.

71. wowseruk - August 23, 2010

Nice to see Trek team work in action again.. over 30% now..

72. I'm Dead Jim! - August 23, 2010

I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this but it appears you can vote as often as you want.

73. Buzz Cagney - August 23, 2010

#71 I had noticed ;-))

74. Iyeman - August 23, 2010

Since you can vote and vote and vote, we should push for the ST theme being number 1 and the magic carpet ride for #2 …this way both songs are trek related!

75. Iyeman - August 23, 2010

LOL also found another glitch to help pad our counts…..when you go to submit the vote…click the VOTE button as many times and as fast as possible before it loads the results page…it appears to be giving me between 2-10 votes each time i do that lol, could be a coincidence though

76. Daoud - August 23, 2010

Let’s keep voting! We’re getting it farther ahead!
Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 26,792 Votes – 30.8%
Countdown (by Rush) 19,014 Votes – 21.9%

77. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 23, 2010

I have voted a lot for Trek.
Trek 26,884 30.7%
Countdown 19,092 21.8%.
Can you say Rigged!!!
I can and im happy with it.

78. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 23, 2010

I bet Anthony thinks we are all a little crazy. Well. I know I am when it comes to Trek. Lol.

79. Crusade2267 - August 23, 2010

Trek in the lead! Qa’pla!

80. CraigScotland - August 23, 2010

Voted start trek in the lead at 30% as of 20.06 BST

81. MrSly on behalf of the Federation of Planets - August 23, 2010

This shouldn’t be close. Star Trek has done more for NASA since JFK challenged our scientist to get to the moon. Star Trek has made space a forefront in our society. Many NASA engineers, scientist, and workers credit Star Trek for sparking their interest in space.

As with the final mission, it would be perfect to have Leonard Nimoy, Spock, wake up the astronauts with the classic live long and prosper.

Vote daily and tweet and facebook you friends to vote. This would be a fitting end to our beloved space shuttle program. Hopefully this will encourage our leaders to continue research in space travel. Maybe one day Star Trek won’t be science fiction, but an actual way of life.

82. rm10019 - August 23, 2010

They should have all the Trek casts at a decommisioning ceremony, to mirror the great pic above. Hopefully when the world ecomonics shape up, we can once again invest wisely in space and space exploration. Vote Trek!

83. Lore - August 23, 2010

Why do we want the Trek theme to be the background music for the demise of the shuttle program and the end of America’s leadership role in space?

84. Red Dead Ryan - August 23, 2010


If it was about putting people to sleep, then Shatner’s version would win hands down!

85. I'm Dead Jim! - August 23, 2010

@82 Easy. Star Trek represents hope for the future, our future, not just for America but for the world. (cue theme)

86. Mike in Iowa - August 23, 2010

All I can say is thank goodness the Colbert Report theme song isn’t on the list – we’d all be done for.


Keep votin’ for the Star Trek theme, everyone. If the shuttle is going to end on a note sung by a Canadian, it might as well be The Shat!

87. MC1701B - August 23, 2010

15, 66, 82. Obama didn’t cancel the shuttle program, Bush did. By the time Obama was inaugurated, the shuttle supply lines had been shut so far down that to restart them would have required the cancellation of everything else NASA was doing, not just Constellation. In addition, Bush also planned a five-year shutdown of US human spaceflight, and nothing NASA has done has run to plan since 1969. In addition, Ares I would never have flown (a suborbital test flight doesn’t count).

BTW, I didn’t vote for Obama, and I used to work at KSC. I presume you gentlemen can only agree with one half of that statement, so please keep the right-wing propaganda off a Star Trek site and stick with the facts.

88. Fletch Gannon - August 23, 2010

Shatner’s version of ‘Rocket Man’ would be AWESOME for the cheese factor alone…’And I’m feeling HIIIIIGGGGGHHHHH!’

Of course I voted for ‘Trek’ although ‘Wonderful World’ was a close second for me.

89. Vultan - August 23, 2010


I don’t believe anyone was bringing “right-wing” propaganda onto the site. Bush canceled the shuttle program; Obama canceled Constellation. They’re both incompetent, and NASA is getting the shaft.

Government bureaucrats bad. NASA and space exploration good.

Just the facts, ma’am.

90. Craig - August 23, 2010

Voted and Trek is in the lead 28% trek to 21% rush.

91. Thorny - August 23, 2010

Just FYI, the last flight is now almost certainly going to be STS-135 Atlantis on June 26, 2011. Both the Senate and House have agreed to fund it, and it is only a formality now for it to be officially added to the schedule.

86… Technically, Pres. Bush accepted a four-year gap. On January 16, 2004 he formally announced the Shuttle’s retirement in 2010 and the first manned flight of the Crew Exploration Vehicle “no later than 2014″. CEV was later renamed “Orion”. We’re still roughly on that schedule, despite all the noise. Shuttle retirement is now mid-2011. SpaceX and Boeing both claim their commercial alternatives to Orion (“Dragon” and “CST-100″) can be flying by 2014 if they are funded in FY11. Orion itself is aiming for 2015 on some sort of Shuttle-derived heavy-lift launch vehicle (not Ares I.) Orion could fly sooner if it is moved to Delta IV-Heavy or Atlas V-Heavy rockets.

92. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 23, 2010

As of 610 Cdt
Trek 30,003 29.5%
Countdown 21,349 21.0

93. Cali - August 23, 2010

WooHoo!!! =) The launch is Nov. 1st but when does voting close??

Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 30,848 Votes – 29.1%
Countdown (by Rush) 22,166 Votes – 20.9%

94. xai - August 23, 2010

Trek holding roughly a 8,000 vote lead. at 7:34 PM Central Time (USA) 8/23

95. Phaser Guy - August 23, 2010

I’d vote for the Final Countdown by Europe.

96. Dansk - August 23, 2010

I’m a way bigger Rush fan than I am a Trek fan, and even if the reverse were true, Countdown is a FAR more appropriate song for the occasion. It was written specifically about the shuttle, you can’t beat that!

97. Paul - August 23, 2010

Star Trek theme!!!

98. Will_H - August 23, 2010

Funny how since the first time I voted Trek is now way up in the polls on Rush. Shows how much influence this site has.

99. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - August 23, 2010

I was speaking that Obama promised “Change,” different from the previsous admin. No right-wing argument here.

My comment was addressing the fact that “O” should be doing things smarter than the previous admin.

100. Jim Nightshade - August 23, 2010

I came i saw i voted-let me know if we have to vote again—

101. FirstBorg - August 24, 2010

So did I :)

and right now it is 27% to 21% in “our” favor :D

102. Iyeman - August 24, 2010

“have” to vote? you can vote unlimited times…I personally have voted 8000 times roughly this morning for the magic carpet ride (first contact first warp flight) I plan to get it up to 2nd place lol.

103. KingsCross - August 24, 2010

As of August 24, 2010 9:34am

1. Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 34,309 Votes – 23.8%
2. Countdown (by Rush) 28,018 Votes – 19.5%


104. rm10019 - August 24, 2010

The margin of victory is slipping, we need to redouble our efforts!

105. skyjedi - August 24, 2010

No Jerry Goldsmith Star trek theme, so i voted for FOO Fighters.

106. ZEITGEIST - August 24, 2010

everyone needs to keep voting so star trek can keep the lead.

you can vote mutiple time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

107. Iyeman - August 24, 2010

Yeah, ive cast about 16k votes so far today lol i want the 2 trek songs so far in the lead that others stop voting for the “lost causes” :D

108. John from Cincinnati - August 24, 2010

As of Aug. 24, 2010 12:43 PDT:

Star Trek by Alexander Courage – 23%
Countdown by Rush – 19.1%

109. Itacir José Santim - August 24, 2010

I believe here from Brazil that the Star Trek theme musical combines with mission. Space. The final fronteir. This are voyages…

110. Iyeman - August 24, 2010

Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 35,821 Votes – 22.0%
Countdown (by Rush) 30,503 Votes – 18.8%
Blue Sky (by Big Head Todd) 27,281 Votes – 16.8%
Magic Carpet Ride (by Steppenwolf) 25,008 Votes – 15.4% (about 20k votes are mine lol)

anyone know when the contest ends?

111. RUSH! - August 24, 2010

Vote RUSH!

112. Hallbjorn - August 24, 2010

voted :)

113. Tanner Waterbury - August 24, 2010

Just listened to Countdown, it sounds alright, but I don’t think it fits for the final Shuttle mission. What they need to do is launch the Shuttle with the Star Trek theme playing.

114. StarMan - August 24, 2010

Vote RUSH!

115. Alex G - August 24, 2010


116. ster julie - August 24, 2010

ARGH! Rush has pulled ahead by 2K votes! Ah’m voting fer Trrrek as fast Ah can, cap’n!

117. B W - August 24, 2010


Rush was played for Columbia on STS-109, and look what happened on its next flight. I vote that Rush should be removed from the list.


118. Iyeman - August 24, 2010

Countdown (by Rush) 40,623 Votes – 21.4%
Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 37,608 Votes – 19.9%
Magic Carpet Ride (by Steppenwolf) 31,728 Votes – 16.8%

119. Mike - August 24, 2010

Hey TrekMovie! You need to repost this we are loosing to Rush. COME ON! The first Shuttle was Enterprise!!! REPOST and get it back on top!!!!!

120. Wily - August 25, 2010

I like a lot of Rush songs, but “Countdown” kinda sucks. Have the people voting for it actually heard it?

Hell I’d pick Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom (Coming Home)” or better yet Planet P’s “Why Me?” over Countdown any day.

121. RUSH! - August 25, 2010

Yes, Wily, the people voting for it have actually heard it. Have the people voting for the Star Trek theme actually heard it? Dumb question, right? Just because your opinion is that it “kinda sucks” is meaningless to the millions of people who enjoy the hell out of that song…

122. Starscream2112 - August 25, 2010

Countdown is my favorite song from the album Signals. A Great song.

123. rm10019 - August 25, 2010

121 What……EVER….. This is! Vote Star Trek!

124. John from Cincinnati - August 25, 2010

COME ON!! It’s neck and neck!

As of Aug. 25 at 9:236 PDT

Star Trek 51,541 Votes – 23.1%
Countdown (by Rush) 51,232 Votes – 22.9%

I just want to know what LOSERS are voting for Rush!

125. rm10019 - August 25, 2010

124 Right on! Vote Vote Vote! Only losers vote for Rush! Vote Trek or Go Home!

126. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 25, 2010

As of 230pm Cdt
Trek 60,213
Rush 58,180
Lets Go Trekers!!!!!!

127. Cali - August 25, 2010

Enough with the politics PLEASE! Haven’t you ever heard the saying “Don’t mix/talk politics or religion? You’ll end up in a heated debate or arguement every time!”

This is ABOUT a SONG CHOICE! PERIOD! Geesh! [shaking head]

Did anyone ever contact ocwolf68 so he could enter this awesome video?

Cheers! =)

128. Grant Johnston - August 25, 2010

Trek is back to #1!!!

129. Wily - August 25, 2010

To #121:
To each their own of course, but I can name 10 Rush songs that are better than that one. And how do _you_ know people who are voting for it actually know it versus are just clicking on the title?

130. rocketman2112 - August 25, 2010

“Countdown” is a great SONG written specifically about AN ACTUAL SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH, and not some cheesy theme muzak to a science fiction franchise!

131. RUSH! - August 25, 2010

TO #129:
Read #130

And, yes, I can name 30 Rush songs that are better than Countdown, but that’s only because they have dozens of incredible songs. But one song by them that is more appropriate than Countdown for this particular purpose? None. It’s the best song I ever heard for this particular situation – a song written in tribute to the first space shuttle take off. Nothing could be more appropriate.

Also, think about who is doing all this insane voting for Rush. It’s obviously rabid Rush fans, and yeah, they know the song.

I love Star Trek, but the Rush song is just a much better fit.

132. TheShred - August 25, 2010

Trekkies are as hardcore for Star Trek as rats are for Rush. Period.
“Countdown” is just one savory pellet in a song portfolio of many.
May the best nerd win!

133. Wily - August 25, 2010

Well this is, not so I voted for Star Trek! :p

134. Iyeman - August 25, 2010

Countdown (by Rush) 81,511 Votes – 25.2%
Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 77,774 Votes – 24.1%
Magic Carpet Ride (by Steppenwolf) 60,175 Votes – 18.6%

135. Mike - August 25, 2010

Get out the VOTE! We launched the first shuttle and it’s only proper to put her to bed!!! COME ON POST IT EVERYWHERE!!!!

136. The Lensman - August 25, 2010

The Rush song would be appropriate if they were…uh…launching. Not coming home. It’s not an end of the ride kind of song, but the begining.

And really, Permanent Waves was the last great Rush album anyway.

137. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 26, 2010

TREK 93,371
Rush 85,176
Star Trek will be the winner. Rush is good. But Trek is Much Better!!!!!

138. RUSH! - August 26, 2010

to #136 “Permanent Waves was the last great Rush album anyway.”

That’s ok, I forgive you considering you obviously never heard Moving Pictures, Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire, Counterparts or Snakes and Arrows, as obviously you wouldn’t have made that comment otherwise.

Also, only appropriate for the launching, not coming home? For the beginning, not the ending? What about a song that commemorates the magic of the whole Space Shuttle series of missions from the past 30 years? This song defines what it was all about. It is absolutely the most fitting tribute.

139. trekmama - August 26, 2010

Star Trek – 94,428 votes 26.5%
Countdown – 85,863 votes 24.1%

As of 8:50 AM Central Time today….

140. TheShred - August 26, 2010

#138 RUSH!-Dude didn’t even know Rush was still around!! If you uploaded BU2B or Caravan to his IPOD he better have 911 pre-dialed on his IPHONE!! Thunder on!

141. Disinvited - August 26, 2010


I suppose the STAR TREK lyrics are more appropriate, but has anyone ever tried to sing them?

142. Iyeman - August 26, 2010

Speaking of countdown, i am counting down the votes needed to knock RUSH from its second place to third… :)

143. Mike - August 26, 2010

Ahh, as of 3:50pm EST. Trek is loosing to RUSH! GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!!

144. Iyeman - August 26, 2010

Countdown (by Rush) 118,087 Votes – 26.9%
Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 104,432 Votes – 23.8%
Magic Carpet Ride (by Steppenwolf) 95,374 Votes – 21.7%

@5:41 EST

145. Hermy - August 26, 2010

#143…Trek is loosing to Rush….Thats right you Treky Tools!!

It’s the Wrath of Kahn….eating away at the inside of your brain…….

146. B W - August 26, 2010

Better get the word out to more Trek fans — the Rushies have come out in force, and have run Countdown up from nearly 9000 in the hole to over 15,000 in the lead.

The shuttle program started with a Trek reference — it should end with a Trek reference!! VOTE TREK AND VOTE OFTEN!!

147. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 26, 2010

Not just rush fans. People on Trek Movie who are pretending to be trek fans are voting like this.

148. TheShred - August 26, 2010

Rush is the least of your worries boys and girls of the Trek. The Steppenwolf fans are about to knock you in third place! Better call Shatner and his buds over at for some HELP!!!

149. Iyeman - August 26, 2010

lol its the top 2 songs rush fanboi. That steppenwolf song was played during the first warp flight. and thus is a trek song….all we have to worry about is rush, get it to third and both of the top 2 songs are trek related.

150. Cali - August 26, 2010

Well way to go to all those who are more interested in fighting!!! At least they [Rush & Courage] would have gone together before. Not now. The “ST theme song” isn’t even in the Top 2. It’s #3. =(

#1 – “Countdown” by Rush 127,265 Votes – 27.5%
#2 – “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf 107,295 Votes – 23.2%
#3 – “Star Trek” by Alexander Courage 105,544 Votes – 22.8%

Still haven’t seen *when* the voting ends! Anyone??

151. Iyeman - August 26, 2010

@ 150 then start voting for the theme song.

152. TheShred - August 26, 2010

lyeman!! I am sure you are leading the WOLF pack and congrats!

Now, get a hold of Capt Kirk and tell him to call one of those ugly purple and green, 16 fingered women he used to date back in the day. I’ll bet they can type a vote quicker than anyone in the universe!

153. Buzz - August 26, 2010

And also let Kirk know that Countdown thunders onward…We have assumed control, we have assumed control, we have assumed control!

154. Cali - August 26, 2010

@ 151 – I have been…since the day this was posted.

And ST falls even further behind: =(

“Countdown” – 144,311 Votes – 28.9%
“Magic Carpet Ride – 121,829 Votes – 24.4%
“Star Trek Theme Song – 108,564 Votes – 21.8%

155. jorDe' - August 26, 2010

We need votes. ST is now in third place. Vote now. Vote often

156. jorDe' - August 26, 2010

lyman is killing the ST song.

157. Hermy - August 26, 2010

Attention K-Mart shoppers…..we have an Available Light special on isle 2112. 5 for 1 voting….get it while its hot!

We also need a clean up on isle 12 as the Caravan left a nasty trekie mess in its wake.

….and Steppenwolf?? You Trekies better watch out or you’ll have Alan Jackson fans banging down your door next.

158. Wily - August 26, 2010

Somebody is scamming the votes! No way Steppenwolf could jump that far that fast.

159. Iyeman - August 27, 2010

Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 199,349 Votes – 28.0%
Magic Carpet Ride (by Steppenwolf) 188,714 Votes – 26.5%
Countdown (by Rush) 188,215 Votes – 26.4%

@8:20 EST Rush got knocked back down to third.

160. Iyeman - August 27, 2010

and 30 minutes later

Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 216,095 Votes – 29.0%
Magic Carpet Ride (by Steppenwolf) 200,001 Votes – 26.8%
Countdown (by Rush) 192,405 Votes – 25.8%

161. trekfanforever - August 27, 2010

how are we getting our two songs so far ahead so quickly? is there a secret to voting quickly? if so, please fill me in!

162. Iyeman - August 27, 2010

@ 161 yes there is a secret but I’m not telling because the rush fanbois are monitoring these comments and are employing my last secret to fast votes…i’m not telling how i do it this time, but lets just say i cast about 60-70,000 votes in the last hour. Vs rush’s 8000… I’m aiming for 400k votes for each song before 5pm est.

163. Mike - August 27, 2010

Come on Trek people…VOTE, again and again……

164. Mike - August 27, 2010

COME ON 300,000! We can do this! Resistance is futile…

165. Iyeman - August 27, 2010

I feel like Lazlo from Real Genius.

Lazlo: “These are entries into the Frito Lay sweepstakes. No purchase necessary, enter as often as you want so I am.”

Chris: “That’s great! How many times?”

Lazlo: Well, this batch makes it 1,650,000. I should win 32.6 percent of the prizes including the car.”

oh and 300k @ 11:10 est

Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 300,299 Votes – 34.0%
Magic Carpet Ride (by Steppenwolf) 245,140 Votes – 27.7%
Countdown (by Rush) 200,416 Votes – 22.7%

166. Iyeman - August 27, 2010

Dunno if i got blacklisted by nasa or what but it breaks if i try to vote atm lol

current standings are

Star Trek Theme Song (by Alexander Courage) 309,191 Votes – 34.4%
Magic Carpet Ride (by Steppenwolf) 251,098 Votes – 27.9%
Countdown (by Rush) 200,502 Votes – 22.3%

167. Rushforever - August 27, 2010

Yeah an email to Nasa usually helps blacklisting certain IP addresses-good luck Lyeman-

168. B W - August 27, 2010

Mmmm-hmmm — and it works both ways, too. It seems the Rushies who were spamming the vote got blocked as well.

Actually, it appears as though NASA fixed a bug in their CAPTCHA verification script.

Nevertheless, it seems as though Star Trek now has an insurmountable 109,000 vote lead over Rush!

169. Rushforever - August 27, 2010

Yeah it’s tottally nice to be relevant 40 years later….! Rush!!!

170. Ralph - August 27, 2010

My cat’s breath smells like cat food

171. TheShred - August 27, 2010

Spock: Ahh, Mr. Scott, I understand you’re having difficulty with the warp drive. How much time do you require for repair?
Scotty: There’s nothing wrong with the bloody thing except for this guy lyeman hackin the system.
Spock: How long till the feds bust this clown for his interference?
Scotty: Oh it won’t be long, sir!

-Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country with a little modification

172. B W - August 27, 2010

@169 — yes, Star Trek is very relevant 40 years later. Rush? Not so much…

To date, the 11 Star Trek movies have earned a total of nearly $2.5 billion, including last year’s Star Trek reboot that earned over $630 million on its own. That’s just at the box office. The DVD sales for 2009 alone topped 6 million units sold. There have been 5 television series with a total of nearly 800 episodes. Including the television shows and their respective DVD sales and syndication, Star Trek has earned probably around $10 billion. And that’s not counting merchandising. Plus, it’s still going strong, with another feature film in the works for 2012.

Rush’s popularity has been on the wane since the late 1980’s. They haven’t had a platinum album since 1991’s “Roll the Bones” nor a gold album since 1996’s “Test for Echo.” They no longer chart on the primary Billboard chart, but rely on the increasingly irrelevant “Mainstream Rock” chart for their rankings.

Don’t get me wrong — I like Rush, particularly their songs from the early and mid-1980s. But you cannot compare their lack of current relevance to Star Trek’s having plenty of it.

Besides, this is a Star Trek board on a Star Trek Web site. Quit bashing Trek or your comments will get deleted like one of the previous Trek basher’s comments did.

173. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2010

Way to go my fellow hard core Trek Fans. I have voted a lot my self and I know I have added at least 30k or so. I will continue to vote along with a few other frends of mine for Trek. Long live Trek. Also. Rush will be assimulated into the Trek Collective. Resistence is Futile!!!

174. Iyeman - August 27, 2010

@ 169 lol so you didn’t like the fact that i was able to exploit the bug better than you so went and complained to NASA. what a pussy. now you have to by hand get what 50k more votes to get into second place. Besides I work in the central office of an ISP i have literally subnet after subnet of IPs i can change to if my IP gets blocked. not to mention my VPN accounts to locations in england lol.

Time to go find another loophole.

P.S.- Star Trek has been relevant for nearly 45 years so grats on finally hitting 40.

175. Anthony Pascale - August 27, 2010

A reminder for all the Trek fans and Rush fans that the only real rule around here is to be respectful to eachother.

176. Sean - August 27, 2010

Hey BW…Rush’s last album Snakes and Arrows debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200 Pop Albums, Vapor Trails in 2002 debuted at #6, and their Rush In Rio cd went Gold so your comment about a Rush album not going gold since 96 is false. Rush has had every single concert dvd package go 3-5x platinum. Their new 2 songs Caravan/BU2B have sold over 400,000 downloads and single cd’s combined in 2 months.

Their latest tour has had them playing to crowds in Canada of 33,000, 65,000, and 80,000 not to mention they have been selling out arena’s on their own this entire tour.

I get a kick out of the fact that you kinda trash Rush as some has been here and yet their music is absolutely huge right now with Rock Band, Guitar Hero, movies, television and the documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage just surpassed 600,000 copies sold and growing every day. Also, just got their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame a month ago.

177. Red Dead Ryan - August 27, 2010

Who knew there could be such a rivalry between fans of Star Trek and Rush, LOL!

I would have expected this if it was a “Star Trek versus Star Wars” arguement!

178. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2010

#174. You my frend are hard core. You would do well in the Terran Empire.

179. Iyeman - August 27, 2010

@ 177 thanks, and btw if you check the results page, all the Rush fanboi email did was delay me a few hours :D

180. Iyeman - August 27, 2010

bah i meant @ 178 lol to many numbers and html source code today

181. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2010

#180 I knew they were doing it. I did my best to keep them at bay and for a while I was able to. But I also knew that Trek would prevaile and I was right.

182. Lyeman fanclub president - August 27, 2010

Well lyeman you exploiter and cheater. I’m sure Spok would be proud! It’s just not the James T Kirk way.

By the way I’m not a Trek fan I just hope they rollback the votes to a legitimate count and make you guys suffer.

183. Another Rush Fan - August 27, 2010

Hey Lyeman, it’s too bad you don’t have any confidence in your fellow Trekkies and have to cheat to win. I guess in a fair fight you’re afraid the Rush spirit would prevail?

184. iyeman - August 27, 2010

not the kirk way? how did kirk win the kobayashi maru scenario?

and fyi its a capital I (eye) not a lowercase L.

185. DM - August 27, 2010

Cheating to get Star Trek ahead? Typical. Does it make you feel good or something? *snort*

186. Rush Forever - August 27, 2010

Hey iyeman, I think your mother is yelling for you to keep the noise down in the basement again!

187. Yeah, It's Me in the Corner Watching from the Shadows - August 27, 2010

A real shame that a great band like Rush has such idiots for fans. Instead of using insults, why not try using your brain instead. I’ve noticed that there are some Rush fans that were abusing an exploit to generate votes much faster than is human possible. I’m sure the Trekkies did so as well. Just move on and let the true fans show their faith in their votes.

Besides, everyone knows that the Firefly theme should be #1.

188. iyeman - August 27, 2010

“everyone knows that the Firefly theme should be #1.”

very true.

189. Red Dead Ryan - August 27, 2010

Rush is overrated. Star Trek is where its at. In case everyone has forgotten, this is a Trek web site. Please refrain from plugging Rush.

190. TheShred - August 27, 2010

#184 iyeman! how did kirk win the kobayashi maru scenario?
By reprogramming the computer! Your a freakin genius!

Now the word on the street is that these multi-bogus registered votes are to be teleported or dematerialized within the next few days,

***Insert that funny little Transporter noise here***

where they will float by Gene Roddenberry somewhere next to the Black Hole on Cygnus X1. Stay Tuned………………………………………………………;)

191. StarMan - August 27, 2010

Lousy cheating trekkies…… RUSH is under rated! 14 platinum albums, only out done by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. You trekky geeks need to get out of your moms basement and get a life!

192. Yeah, It's Me in the Corner Watching from the Shadows - August 27, 2010

@ 190

That should also go for the Rush votes that were illegally submitted. Also doesn’t help to post things like this:

#45 – Posted 8/26/10 @11:09PM by Rush85 [contact]

Hehe. This voting stuff is really funny! LOL! I tried to take a look at the source code of the poll’s page but I couldn’t get the voting procedure. If I could, I’d develop a program to send votes automatically to the site ad infinitum.

The best part this whole thing is watching the stupidity on both sides rage on like little boners in middle school. Keep it up, you twonks.

193. Overweight - August 27, 2010

Hey Robert S. Big brother is watchin

194. iyeman - August 27, 2010

OH MY GOD! You googled my online name? What am I ever going to do?!

195. trekkieslaya - August 27, 2010

LOL F*ckin’ nerds
I don’t know how anyone could be entertained by star trek, or think that its cool to be a fan. Every trekkie I knew in high school got the sh*t beat outta of him and his lunch money taken at least once a week. Usually by me.

196. Yeah, It's Me in the Corner Watching from the Shadows - August 27, 2010

@ 196

Sounds like the Rush fans back in the day as well. I mean, surely fat pimpled dorks with glasses commenting on how they relate to songs like Subdivisions would be above getting beat up for their lunch money.

Right? RIGHT?!?!

197. TheShred - August 27, 2010

Nice comebacks 196. I’ll give you credit for that!

198. trekkieslaya - August 27, 2010

I don’t know any fat, pimpled Rush fans but I know just about any trekkie could relate to subdivisions. It should actually be a friendship instead of a war, but you guys like to cheat, so be it.

199. Yeah, It's Me in the Corner Watching from the Shadows - August 27, 2010

@ 199

And I guess you haven’t seen Rush’s latest documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage if you didn’t catch the fat pimpled dorks in glasses comment.

200. iyeman - August 27, 2010

we like to cheat? You the pot calling the kettle black?

#23 – Posted 8/26/10 @8:15PM by LanceTheShred [contact]

You can literally rip out 100 votes in a row if you keep on clicking the vote button without stopping. There’s a flaw in their voting system and it’s freakin NASA!!!!!

thats just one many posts from the rush website…

And its not cheating, No where in the terms and conditions or the rules does it say I cant vote as often as i want or that the votes cant be automated. The fact that they didn’t include the code to limit votes per IP address indicates they want us to vote as much and as often, and like other websites who do contests they specifically state the votes cant be automated. to bad the rush fans were busy stealing lunch money instead of learning about technology.

“#45 – Posted 8/26/10 @11:09PM by Rush85 [contact]

Hehe. This voting stuff is really funny! LOL! I tried to take a look at the source code of the poll’s page but I couldn’t get the voting procedure. If I could, I’d develop a program to send votes automatically to the site ad infinitum. hehe!!! I like the original ST series very much, but wouldn’t it be cooler if RUSH wins? Yeah! It’s Countdown man!”

201. Peter - August 27, 2010

Do you Trekkies have nothing else better to do then vote for the Star Trek Theme? I too am a fan of Star Trek but the amount of votes for both the theme and Magic Carpet Ride over the past 24 hours is astounding. Astounding to the point of cheating. This is supposed to be a fun vote but you Trekkies have turned it into a mockery. Why don’t some of you try listening to the lyrics of Countdown by RUSH as it was written after RUSH was invited by NASA to watch a launch. The song captures the excitement, emotions, and feelings of what anyone would go through if they were to watch a launch in person. It is by far the most relevant and appropriate song to best represent a launch. And why Magic Carpet Ride?! So what it was a song in First Contact. Some of you Trekkies really need to get a life. Try using your intelliegence to get a woman. Oh wait, then you would be voting for the theme of Mission Impossible!

202. iyeman - August 27, 2010

@ 202 lol at you assuming trekkies are all guys.

203. Yeah, It's Me in the Corner Watching from the Shadows - August 27, 2010

@ 203

Astounding how Rushies cannot go without insulting Trekkies. And you claim to take the high ground and everyone should be trying to uphold the ‘spirit of the vote’ and yet you turn around and spit venom when discussing Trekkies.

You guys do better at painting yourselves in a bad light than those out to try and put you in one. Bravo.

And how is it that a Rush song holds so much more precedent than any other song that references things that helped to push the ideals of space travel? You have some astounding perception there. I trust it will get you far in life.

Here, let me put it to you in monosyllabic words so you can understand better.

HUR HUR HUR! We is smart n’ stuff. You guys ain’t.

204. MIke - August 27, 2010

Aren’t they all guys? Just what Mr. Sulu likes!

205. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2010

Hey you Rush fans. You were also cheating in what you were doing. The only thing is we are much better then you and that is something you guys can’t handle. Next time you try and cheat on something why don’t you make sure there are no Trek fans around that way you might have a chance and get away with it.

206. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2010

It was Rush fans that started the cheating and when they could not out cheat Trek fans thay went and cried about it to NASA and now they are crying even more. As the saying goes. If you can’t take it then do not dish it out.

207. Peter - August 27, 2010

To: Yeah, It’s Me in The Corner…I think blatant cheating paints Trekkies – or perhaps a few select Trekkies – into a bad light; much worse then anything a RUSH fan has to say. And the ideals of space travel were not furthered by Star Trek; rather by big business and big money. Star Trek has pushed the ideals of morality and decency, to do what is right and what is fair. These lessons seem to be lost on a few Trekkies. I am surprised that fellow Trekkies actually support this by not saying a word. And it’s ok to use words with more then one syllable.

208. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2010

#207. It was the Rush fans that started the Cheating and they are the ones that are realy crying about it. Also. A lot of folks at NASA has said that Star Trek gave them the Inspiration to do what they do. Yes. Business was the way for them to go. But for many at Nasa Trek was the Key.

209. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2010

Star Trek also gave a lot of Inventers a lot of great Ideas. Hell. Even the History Channel had a few shows called the Science of Trek. In the Tos Series they had Laptop Computers and 2 way Video or 3 way Video Confrence calls and Plasma Tv Screens and Bio Beds that a few Hospitials are working on.Even todays science is working on Transporters. The have beamed one Atom from one place to another. It may be a while and probly not in our lifetime that Transporters will go from Scify to Science Fact. I can go on and on about more. What did Rush do by the way. Besides a few songs.

210. Yeah, It's Me in the Corner Watching from the Shadows - August 27, 2010

@ Peter

It’s funny as I was under the idea that it was the Rushies that first started the cheating through a browser exploit, not the other way around. As a Rush fan (own the entire discography except Power Windows which was a poor album as well as having seen them live in concert) and a Trekkie (own several DVDs/collections of the series and movies and attended an ST Con in Vegas last year) I find it amusing that both sides are being puerile and petty over something such as this. But it’s too amusing to behold the spectacles present here on a Star Trek blog from Rushies whereas the opposite is not the case.

211. TheShred - August 27, 2010

That’s where you’re wrong Capt Mike. We didn’t have a clue that you could multi-click until iyeman posted #75.

That’s when I communicated the word to others to do the same. Then iyeman came up with a way to crank up 60,000 votes an hour as posted in #162.

Yeah, both sides were ruthless but one was super ruthless. I really think without the hardcore cheating, Rush rats and the Treks would have been one and two.

212. Cali - August 27, 2010


What started out as something fun, interesting, and taking part in a bit of history – has turned out to be nothing but watching disgusting negative immature behavior!

This stuff has gone way beyond it’s original intent of simply voting for a song! Mud slinging, name calling, politics, prejudice, cheating, and downright bad sportsmanship!!! This doesn’t even fall under the cover of “friendly rivalry” or respecting someone else’s opinion.

@207 – if you go back up and read the *entire* page you will find that quite a few of us *have* spoken up! And it’s obvious by some of the posts here that BOTH sides have cheated.

@211 – As for “who cheated first or who was more ruthless,” it doesn’t make a bloody difference who did first or to what degree. BOTH sides are guilty! PERIOD!! And that’s what’s sad.

NO way would Gene or Majel Roddenberry support *this* kind of behavior! And you wonder why so many people have a negative outlook or attitude towards “Trekkies” and “Trekkers!” Yes! Feel really proud here folks.

213. Peter - August 27, 2010

@ Yeah, It’s Me in the Corner

RUSH fans are commenting because of what was started and self-admitted, by a Star Trek fan. At worst and best both fan groups are very passionate about what they like. (Puerile is a bit extreme in my opinion.) I agree with TheShred that if there had not been the cheating initiated by a Trek fan, that the Star Trek theme and Countdown would be the two songs played that day. Had I known about the multi-click I would NOT have used it but that is just me. Oh, Power Windows isn’t a bad album at all. Marathon is an unbelievable song; especially in concert.

214. rocketman2112 - August 27, 2010

Why don’t we all just agree to get along and vote the “Theme” #1 and “Countdown” #2? It was lyeman’s selfishness over having TWO Trek-related songs win that started this whole mess.

215. Peter - August 27, 2010

A Message To All:

Before all the cheating and mudslinging started, Countdown and the Star Trek Theme were #1 and #2. There is a chance here to make a wrong right. Star Trek fans should start to vote for Countdown and elevate the song past Magic Carpet Ride to where it belongs. Since those were the top two songs in the beginning, they should be the top two in the end. Both sides would be happy and no more insults. This is a fair and equitable solution for all involved.

216. Irishtrekkie - August 27, 2010

Kirk: I reprogrammed the simulation so it was possible to rescue the ship.
Saavik: What?
David Marcus: He cheated.
Kirk: I changed the conditions of the test; got a commendation for original thinking. I don’t like to lose.
Saavik: Then you never faced that situation… faced death.
Kirk: I don’t believe in the no-win scenario.

217. iyeman - August 27, 2010

@ 217


218. TheShred - August 27, 2010

#212 Cali-“BOTH sides are guilty! PERIOD!!
Damn, I agree. Why ya gotta yell??? ;)

#215 Extremely diplomatic Mr. Peter. That would solve all the problems and Rushies and Trekkies could live happily ever after!

Irish Trekkie-Trek Jeopardy! What is “The Wrath of Khan!”

219. William Spurlin - August 27, 2010

To all: I am neither a Rush fan nor Star Trek Fan. But I have an interest in this site.

Robert, aka iyeman has been running exploits from work constantly to boost his choice to the top of the counter. He is a disgrace to the Star Trek community, to the Rush community, to the NASA community, and all who appreciate others and the work they do. NASA spent most likely countless hours designing this website and he uses his company’s time as well as his knowledge to obviously (even though not stated in the terms) cheat and exploit this system.

220. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2010

#211. Yes. We both Cheated and at first it was back and forth between Trek and Rush. But then all of a sudden Rush was up over 10,000 votes in just a couple of hours and so to keep it even I did a lot of clicking. Then it went back and forth like that for a couple of days. Then all of a sudden Rush was up nearly 50,000. So when that happens what do you think Trek fans on this site will do. It was the Rush fans who started the Cheating and Trek fans and yes I am one of them simply did the same. Is it right. No. It is not. I do Admit that. But. I would do it again if I seen a lot of cheating going on.

221. iyeman - August 27, 2010

lol @ 220 you are obviously a fake as my brother is a star trek fan and would have used his online nick.

222. Phisher - August 27, 2010

Should I use Aferventus instead?


223. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2010

But I do think this. I think that NASA should start the voting process all over again and allow only one vote per person and then the real winner will emerge with no cheating going on. In Fact Im sending an email to NASA to try and get them to do just that. Yes. I am enclosing that both Rush and Trek fans were trying to rig the system and yes I am telling them I was involved when I seen the cheating started.

224. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2010

#221. Why do you call me a fake and what makes you think I am a fake. I have bene a Hard core Trek fan since the Mid 1970s and I own at least 100 Novels and all of the Tos on Blurey and all of the Movies on Blurey. What about you.

225. Cali - August 27, 2010

@ 218 – My apologies. It wasn’t yelling but more hoping to get’s attention.

“The Wrath of Khan” is revenge! A dish best served cold! =) (Though I don’t quite follow the “irish” in front of your ?)

226. Iyeman - August 27, 2010

@223 wow you can use google also! (or is it the same person, Anon is great isnt it!) But im not sure how knowing i like enya occasionally or the fact that i grew up in north carolina has anything to do with voting for star trek or rush and/or weather or not i bent the rules…

227. Irishtrekkie - August 27, 2010

@ 226 , you pass the test , apples all around !

228. Rush Forever - August 27, 2010

What really upset us Rush Fans at first was the fact that the Trekkies were trying to get two songs in the top two. We thought that was sort of slimy and then I guess a lot of us on both sides started doing things that were sort of slimy. It is true two or any amount of wrongs do not make a right! I have nothing against Trekkies or Star Trek! In fact I like Star Trek quite a bit. I grew up watching the original series and saw every episode of Voyager I think, and many episodes of Next Generation. I always sort of related to Trekkies being a Rush fan.

229. Rush Forever - August 27, 2010

Oh yeah, and the last Star Trek movie was amazing!

230. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 27, 2010

#229. I agree. One person started it and we all got a little crazy. I also like some of Rushes music as well. So I think we all can agree that we all made mistakes on this. So as Spock says. May we all live long and prosper.

231. Irishtrekkie - August 27, 2010

meh the two best songs are 1st and 2nd, 1st the title theme to the greatest tv show ever, voted the number 1 cult show and inspired a hugh franchese that presents a truly optimistic and better future for mankind. on it was displayed new ideas of future technologies that have since become common place , a show that helped push thosouands of young minds to take up careers in science ,technology and engineering.

the 2nd was the song pick and played by dr Zefram Cochran during the lift off of the Phoenix warp ship during terrans first ever warp flight that lead to first contact with an alien species on April 5th 2063.

i can not see how any other songs can compete with either of those really.

232. Anthony Pascale - August 27, 2010

TrekMovie does not endorse vote rigging hacking.I am surprised that NASA is even allowing more than one vote per IP

And FFS ppl, stop the flaming trolling attacking etc of each others fanbases. I dont want to have to close this thread but it is not very pretty in here

233. Red Dead Ryan - August 27, 2010


NBC is planning a “Saturday Night Live” sequel to the first “Get A Life” skit from over twenty years ago. It will be based on this thread where both William Shatner and the band Rush get on stage to perform “Get a life, Pt. II”.

234. Cali - August 27, 2010

Thank you Anthony!

235. Peter - August 27, 2010

Irishtrekkie…please tell me you are kidding. You speak as if Zefram Cochran is real. Once again, the honourable thing to do would be for Star Trek fans to vote for Countdown as it and the Star Trek theme were # 1 and # 2 before the cheating started. It is the right thing to do and I hope that TrekMovie will endorse this position. And just like Rush Forever, I too am a Star Trek fan. So many episodes teach lessons as to how current humanity should evolve and endeavour to become. To further prove my knowledge of Star Trek; I never agreed with the Federation giving up on the phasing cloak in order to keep the peace with the Romulans. Too much of a tactical disadvantage. Trek fans…undo a wrong!

236. Irishtrekkie - August 27, 2010

it would be honorable if i had not seen on rushes sites that their fans cheated . And how lots of rush fans could not help coming here when star trek theme was in 3 place and saying some wonderfully harsh things.

And of course Zefram Cochrane is not real , he has not been born yet , not till 2032 , we all know star trek is basically our furture , the only reason we did not have Khan or Eugenics Wars , is course of all the times kirk went back in time and espisode like future’s end showing how things have been changed, so basically we are in slightly different timeline, then prime star trek . but i am sure we will run into the vulcans pretty soon either way.

237. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - August 27, 2010

218. TheShred

You mean Trekkers, right TheShred?

238. Peter - August 27, 2010

Hmmmmm…just clicked on the voting and once again Magic Carpet Ride is shooting up in votes. So once again a Star Trek fan is expoiting a voting loophole and making a mockery of the vote, of NASA, and of honest Star Trek fans. There will be more complaints and I can see NASA removing all 3 songs because of the crap that is going on. I would certainly hope Star Trek fans speak up and try and stop the person from continuing on. I suspect it is the same person who originally started to cheat. And what a coward he is since he waited until most have put their computer away for the night. You ,my friend, are a loser.

239. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 28, 2010

I received an email from NASA and they are Investagating the Voteing process and may even reset the top 3 songs back to 0 and block people from rigging the vote. As much as I want Trek to win I would rather have it done right. Yes I did a lot of clicking for Trek but I did that only after I seen the cheating from Rush fans. But enough is enough. I want a real winner and not a rigged winner.

240. does it matter? - August 28, 2010

Rush writes a song for NASA and this is how they get treated?

It’s not their best song but what the heck is magic carpet ride about? Not the space program I’m sure.

241. Peter - August 28, 2010

@ Captain Mike

I think you should e-mail NASA and suggest that they reset the entire vote and start from scratch; and not just the top 3 songs. That would be the most fair option for all voters.

242. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 28, 2010

I thought about it. But that would not be fair to the other songs which were voted on in a fair manner. Trek and Rush fans can simply recast there votes. But only one at a time and not by cheating.

243. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 28, 2010

Now weather they actualy reset anyting is another story.

244. Turtle - August 28, 2010

@ Captain Mike

If only the top 3 songs get reset then it still won’t be fair because Rush and Trek were up in the top 2 before all the cheating started, and if they get reset neither will be able to get back up there. Both songs had a huge amount of fair votes as well as cheated votes.

But you’re right, they probably won’t reset anything at all.

245. Red Dead Ryan - August 28, 2010

NASA screwed this up big time. Maybe next time they should keep the contest in-house, allowing only those who work there to vote for their favorite wake-up song.

I didn’t even bother voting because if everyone else is cheating, then what the f@#k is the f@#kin’ point, man?

246. Anthony Pascale - August 28, 2010

Wow this thread continues to be troublesome

So now i need to remind people of the instaban offense of posting under multiple names….so goodbye to another one of you people

Thread is going to be closed soon if people dont stop acting like 2 year olds

247. Wily - August 28, 2010

I am a Trek fan, but I can’t be the only one that does not consider Magic Carpet Ride to be a Trek song. Yes it was in one of the movies, so what?

And BTW I also like Rush, just not a rabid Rush fan.

248. Rush Forever - August 28, 2010

Everyone should stop bickering and just try and learn from this experience. We are all passionate about either Star Trek or Rush! Both sides got carried away and wanted to win at all costs it seems. We ruined this poll and it’s not really worth it to say which side was worse any longer. Let’s just try to at least think fairly next time and not let things like this create hatred and animosity.

249. Real Rush Fan - August 28, 2010

It’s soo sad to see cheating on both sides. Yesterday I wrote an email to NASA regarding the actons of a few. Today I received a reply from NASA that they are considering removing the top 3 songs and replacing them with different artists. The tone of the emal was of absolute disgust. Why does it take the actions of a few to ruin it for the true “trekie’s” and Rush fans.

250. Niels (The Netherlands) - August 28, 2010

“And really, Permanent Waves was the last great Rush album anyway.”

Sorry, I think that’s a narrow minded (and therefore not Rush worthy) view… Power Windows was another brilliant piece of work just like all of the other albums Rush put out in the eighties, they tried other things, and in my view reached new hights doing so. They never lost their mystique and intensity, up till today.

251. Niels (The Netherlands) - August 28, 2010

(PS it’s a testament to the fanatical followers Rush have, that even on a ‘Trek’ site the discussion can be dominated by Rush fans even if the reason is only the appearance of a Rush song in a NASA Top 40 poll!!!!)

252. greenappleman7 - August 28, 2010

Star Trek’s in first!

253. Peter - August 28, 2010

It astounds me that even when it was discussed by both fans that the cheating should stop, close to 60 000 votes were cast overnight for Magic Carpet Ride. I don’t think 60 000 Star Trek fans voted last night so the cheating hasn’t stopped and now it seems all 3 songs will be removed because of a select few. There are a few options left but I would be surprised to see it happen. The first being the few who really skewed the voting write NASA and apologize for their actions and clearly state that they do not represent the rest of us – RUSH and Star Trek fans – who are honest. In this case the Trek fan lyeman comes to mind. I am not saying RUSH fans are innocent but he found the glitches, and clearly exploited them. I read his blogs and am shocked to see how proud he is of his actions. Second, Countdown is voted by all to back where it belongs. As I stated before, the Theme and Countdown were the top two before all the cheating began. Third, all songs go back to zero and we all start over. I believe Anthiony Pascale should write NASA and suggest positive solutions otherwise I am certain all 3 songs will be removed. Then, no one wins and we all lose! Thanks cheaters for ruining it for everyone!

254. David Rice (Ghostnotes) - August 29, 2010

If you ask me as a Rush and Trek fan, I think we should have allied with each other instead of fighting, flaming and so forth. After all, both of us are usually more intelligent than the majority of the herd. Plus, we are both considered geeks anyway……Should have been a no brainer :( .

255. Jim Nightshade - September 1, 2010

What a mess-i bet anthony is sorry even reported this-nasa may feel disgusted but they had to realize cheating could occur if they didnt make the voting as cheat proof as possible–if they do decide to correct it–it would not be fair to cut out the songs as they all had many legit votes–they should reset all songs to 0 and start with a hack proof list–oh well lessons learned–

256. Amanda Warrington - October 9, 2010

While Star Trek is still in the lead, Blue Sky is catching up fast. Every day they’re gaining pace and while I and a few of my friends on LiveJournal are trying to add votes when we get a chance, it’s not enough with Blue Sky continuing to gain ground. I’d hate to see Star Trek lose at the final hurdle…

Please cast some more votes:

Current count on 9th Oct. at 9:45pm GMT:
Star Trek Theme Song – 523,480 Votes – 26.6%
Blue Sky – 438,914 Votes – 22.3%

257. DB2020 - October 26, 2010

Star Trek had a huge lead, but Big Head Todd fans have some kind of spambot set up. They’ve closed a 100,000 lead in just a day. Star Trek’s lead is 4,000 now and won’t last the next few hours. We need more votes.

258. Starscream2112 - July 11, 2011

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