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

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 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!


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September 7, 2012 9:40 am

Very Cool!

September 7, 2012 9:42 am

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

September 7, 2012 9:44 am

Best Google Doodle EVER.

September 7, 2012 9:44 am

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?

Elias Javalis
September 7, 2012 9:45 am

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

Emperor Mike of the Empire
September 7, 2012 9:51 am

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

September 7, 2012 9:51 am

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

September 7, 2012 9:53 am

This made me so happy!

September 7, 2012 9:56 am

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


September 7, 2012 10:07 am


September 7, 2012 10:08 am

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.

September 7, 2012 10:12 am

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

September 7, 2012 10:18 am

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

Shannon Nutt
September 7, 2012 10:22 am

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

September 7, 2012 10:22 am

#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.

September 7, 2012 10:25 am

Gotta Love Google sometimes… Great animation.

September 7, 2012 10:25 am

Gotta Love Google sometimes… Great animation.

September 7, 2012 10:27 am

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

Bill Peters
September 7, 2012 10:30 am

This is so cool!

September 7, 2012 10:30 am

#18: :::facepalm:::

James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie UK
September 7, 2012 10:41 am

#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?

September 7, 2012 10:55 am

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

Dr. Image
September 7, 2012 11:03 am

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

September 7, 2012 11:04 am

#18 – No one knows. He’s disappered.

The Last Vulcan
September 7, 2012 11:06 am

#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…)

September 7, 2012 11:06 am

How do you get to see the Tribbles?

September 7, 2012 11:16 am

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

September 7, 2012 11:20 am

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…..

USS Enterprise B
September 7, 2012 11:35 am

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…

September 7, 2012 11:43 am

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!

September 7, 2012 11:46 am

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

Michael Hall
September 7, 2012 11:53 am

“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.

William Kirk
September 7, 2012 11:54 am

Cool! :-D

September 7, 2012 11:56 am

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

Lt. Bailey
September 7, 2012 11:56 am

Well done!

September 7, 2012 12:07 pm

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

September 7, 2012 12:10 pm

Oh, and the Red Shirt takes a beating…

September 7, 2012 12:19 pm

Happy Star Trek day, everyone!

Dee - lvs moon' surface
September 7, 2012 12:23 pm

Loved it… Happy Bday, Star Trek!!!

Gary A. Neumann
September 7, 2012 12:33 pm

Epic star trek is epic

September 7, 2012 12:37 pm

So cool that Star Trek was remembered in this way!

September 7, 2012 12:46 pm

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!

Rose by any other name is Keachick
September 7, 2012 12:48 pm

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!

Gary Neumann
September 7, 2012 1:36 pm
September 7, 2012 1:48 pm

Nicely done.

September 7, 2012 2:20 pm

Gracias…GOOGLE :)

September 7, 2012 2:45 pm

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.

September 7, 2012 3:13 pm

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

Kris Webb
September 7, 2012 4:23 pm

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

September 7, 2012 5:35 pm

This actually made my day! Thanks Google! :)