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On Star Trek’s 46th Anniversary, Google Celebrates With Interactive Doodle September 7, 2012

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: History,Trek Franchise , trackback

46 years ago, Star Trek beamed onto the TV sets of America for the first time. Today, Google celebrates that anniversary with an interactive “Google Doodle”, a game embedded into the search engine’s logo at Google.com. Click on characters and objects on the bridge and watch a famous Trek story unfold. Hit the jump for photos.


Celebrate 46 Years of Trek With Google’s Version of Arena
Watch the Enterprise bridge crew, who have taken shape as the letters G-O-O-G-L-E, relive a Googly version of the famous Trek episode Arena in which Captain Kirk must do battle with a giant lizard creature at the Vasquez Rocks Cestus III. And, if you’re clever enough, you might just find a cameo appearance made by some Tribbles!

The scene opens on a familiar crew with unfamiliar shapes

Follow Kirk to the transporter room where you may spot some Tribbles

Then beam down to the planet and try to beat the Gorn!



1. Chris - September 7, 2012

Very Cool!

2. Blake Powers - September 7, 2012

I just played with this!!! I missed the tribbles!

3. steve - September 7, 2012

Best Google Doodle EVER.

4. BiggestTOSfanever - September 7, 2012

Haha I turned on my computer to check trekmovie and I found the Google Doodle right before the story was posted!
How should we celebrate Star Trek’s anniversary besides watching it?

5. Elias Javalis - September 7, 2012

Here’s to another 46 years!! Happy Birthday old friend :):)

6. Emperor Mike of the Empire - September 7, 2012

Google Doodle. Hey. Sounds like a new Villian in the New Movie. Lol.
Pretty cool stuff.

7. Ciaran - September 7, 2012

Yeah and I don’t even mind that they put it up a day early. Lol.

8. ilker - September 7, 2012

This made me so happy!

9. Aurore - September 7, 2012

….I just saw this before coming here, and thought…”And so it begins?!”


10. Mikey1091 - September 7, 2012


11. sterj - September 7, 2012

Not that I’m not grateful to Google, but it was just like the pro-novels: Kirk-centric. Sigh. Spock and McCoy are more than just eye candy, ya know.

12. USS - September 7, 2012

Make sure to click on the red shirt while he’s on the transporter pad. Hilarious!

13. enterprise1965 - September 7, 2012

Isn’t Sept. 8th 1966 the actual anniversary?

14. Shannon Nutt - September 7, 2012

Yes, Sept. 8th is the anniversary, not Sept. 7th. Wonder if they made a blunder or they plan to have it up all weekend.

15. Matt Wright - September 7, 2012

#13, yep I had the same thought, Sept. 8 is the real date, but that would fall on a Saturday. Google tends to put up doodles of events that fall on the weekend up that Friday and then leave it up over the weekend.

16. NX-17000 - September 7, 2012

Gotta Love Google sometimes… Great animation.

17. NX-17000 - September 7, 2012

Gotta Love Google sometimes… Great animation.

18. Thomas - September 7, 2012

Enjoyed the Google Doodle, but seriously, does anyone know what has happened to Anthony?

19. Bill Peters - September 7, 2012

This is so cool!

20. BulletInTheFace - September 7, 2012

#18: :::facepalm:::

21. James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie UK - September 7, 2012

#13 & #15 – ditto. George Takei even said today is the anniversary.

Wasn’t it shown on some obscure tv channel before NBC shown it on the 8th or did I misread that somewhere?

22. Andy Patterson - September 7, 2012

Cool! Both of us born a good year. I’ve always said there was something special about as Kirk would say, “the year,…1966!”

23. Dr. Image - September 7, 2012

I shall toast Trek tonight with a hit of Tranya!!
(Mine- grapefruit juice and vodka… perhaps with a splash of Domaine de Canton…)

24. Craiger - September 7, 2012

#18 – No one knows. He’s disappered.

25. The Last Vulcan - September 7, 2012

#21. Never heard that one before. NBC it was. I was there at the ripe old age of 9, being awed by the salt-sucking creature! Many years later I met George Clayton Johnson who struck me more as a hobo hippie than a scifi writer along the lines of Ray Bradbury (who advised me on my dating… and I should have paid attention…)

26. Markonian - September 7, 2012

How do you get to see the Tribbles?

27. Shane - September 7, 2012

Markonian, click the storage compartment to the left of the transporter pad. :-)

28. AJ - September 7, 2012

Kayla, The E left Cestus III before the battle engineered by the Metrons.

God, what a senseless waste of brain-cells…


And now another one…..

29. USS Enterprise B - September 7, 2012

Can’t think of a better way to celebrate this anniversary than with the release of a teaser for the new film! Can’t wait for that day to come…

30. VZX - September 7, 2012

That. Was. Awesome!

This is the coolest Google-doodle yet! It just topped the Pac Man and guitar doodle for me! Yeah I’m biased, I’m a Trek fan!

31. rm10019 - September 7, 2012

26 – click on the ceiling hatch in the transporter room for the Tribbles!

32. Michael Hall - September 7, 2012

“Many years later I met George Clayton Johnson who struck me more as a hobo hippie than a scifi writer. . .”

He’s gotten to be a pretty right-wing “hippie,” trust me. But I enjoyed meeting him, myself. :-)

46 years. Jesus wept.

33. William Kirk - September 7, 2012

Cool! :-D

34. gingerly - September 7, 2012

Just played with this before getting here. Love it. :)
Especially the soft sparkling beauty light on “o” , um, Uhura..

35. Lt. Bailey - September 7, 2012

Well done!

36. Phil - September 7, 2012

Saw that! Clever, too. 46 years later, and the girl still has legs….

37. Phil - September 7, 2012

Oh, and the Red Shirt takes a beating…

38. TrekMadeMeWonder - September 7, 2012

Happy Star Trek day, everyone!

39. Dee - lvs moon' surface - September 7, 2012

Loved it… Happy Bday, Star Trek!!!

40. Gary A. Neumann - September 7, 2012

Epic star trek is epic

41. Charla - September 7, 2012

So cool that Star Trek was remembered in this way!

42. Bucky - September 7, 2012

Yeah, greatest doodle ever. Also what would have been a good way to celebrate the anniversary would be to release a trailer but I’ll take what I can get!

43. Rose by any other name is Keachick - September 7, 2012

Fantastic! So wonderfully imaginative and off-the-wall.

It really is the 8th September (NZ time 7.45am) now so Happy Birthday, Star Trek! May Star Trek enjoy many more!

44. Gary Neumann - September 7, 2012



45. Devlin - September 7, 2012

Nicely done.

46. jesustrek - September 7, 2012

Gracias…GOOGLE :)

47. NCM - September 7, 2012

Yay, Google. I’ll tip a toast to Trek tomorrow.

@11. sterj – If you haven’t already done so, read “Troublesome Minds”– perhaps the best Spock-centric novel ever (IMO, and written within the last couple of years). The ending left me puzzling for days about how things would have to play out in the following weeks, and I never came up with an answer.

48. mini - September 7, 2012

This is seriously google’s best doodle EVER. EVER.

49. Kris Webb - September 7, 2012

The show’s premiere date was, actually, Thurs., Sept. 8th, 1966, not the 7th.

50. RoadSiren21 - September 7, 2012

This actually made my day! Thanks Google! :)

51. Hat Rick - September 7, 2012

Google — as I pointed out in another thread, and was the first so to do (pounds chest like Tarzana) — is the bestest search engine in the history of the known universe, just for its Star Trek doodle alone.

Gauzy close-up of Uhura? CHECK.

Seriously bad hairpiece for Kirk/Shatner throughout? CHECK.

Awesome sounds when you click the console? CHECK.

Petrified redshirt? CHECK.

Tribbles galore? CHECK.

Gorn setpiece (interactive)? CHECK.

Seriously p-o’ed redshirt at the end of the mission? CHECK.

Star Trek music theme? CHECK.

All this for the 46th Anniversary of The Beginning.

Imagine what Google could do for the big Five-Oh.

52. Hat Rick - September 7, 2012

^^Like Tarzan. As corrected.

53. n1701ncc - September 7, 2012

Can Google do this every September 8th. Also should be done on first contact date

54. Rose by any other name is Keachick - September 8, 2012


Hey, Dee, I hope you don’t mind me posting this. I found it when I clicked on the link from your tumblr.

55. Nony - September 8, 2012

Glad the redshirt didn’t die. ‘Googl’ wouldn’t be quite the same.

56. Xplodin_Nacelle - September 8, 2012

Awesome!!! – kudos to Google

57. Terence T - September 8, 2012

After playing around with the Google page for awhile, it made me want to know who created the original series Star Trek sound effects. Anyone know?

58. Adam Bomb 1701 - September 26, 2012

The sound effects guy on “TOS” was Douglas Grindstaff, but most of the sound effects were probably stock. The bridge background sound effect can also be heard in episodes of ‘Twilight Zone” and “I Dream of Jeannie”.

59. fotele - October 1, 2012

Super sprawa.

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