According to Star Trek history, humanity will break the light-speed barrier on April 5th, 2063 – leading to the first contact with an alien race – and this day will be a holiday forevermore in the Federation. And so today TrekMovie celebrates the 50th ‘preversary’ of First Contact Day. But could breaking the warp barrier come sooner? More on the holiday and real warp science below. [UPDATED: More Trek celeb tweets and FC web links added]
In just 50 years…
On April 5th, 2063 Dr. Zefram Cochrane (who got some help from the crew of the Enterprise E) will break the light-speed barrier with his warp ship The Phoenix, and this will get noticed by some Vulcans in the neighborhood. This event will help unite the planet as the citizens of Earth embark on a journey to become members of a wider galactic community. And henceforth First Contact Day was celebrated in the Federation.
Or at least that is what we are told in our Star Trek history. The moment itself was immortalized in Star Trek First Contact…
Of course in the Mirror Universe, things worked out a bit differently (as seen in Star Trek Enterprise).
Real-life Zefram Cochrane Says Warp Drive is Feasible
Could it be that we wont have to wait 50 years to break the warp barrier? Well NASA scientist Harold “Sonny” White (who runs the advanced propulsion program at Johnson Space Center) thinks that it possible. He made a big splash at the 2012 100-year Starship Symposium, with his "Warp Field Mechanics 102" presentation – saying that warp drive was feasible.
White is already conducting experiments to put the theory to the test. He has built a testbed at the Johnson Space Center that uses lasers to create and detect a microscopic warp bubble in the lab.
Harold White using the White-Juday Warp Field Interferometer test bed at Johnson Space Center
This week White was profiled by Popular Science. And here he is recently talking to Bloomberg TV about his experiments.
Celbebrity Tweets and more First Contact Day online
TrekMovie will update this article with more First Contact Day events around the web during the day.
First Contact tweets
I used to call the finale of FIRST CONTACT the Vulcan Nativity Scene. Love Jerry Goldsmith’s score – I get nostalgic every time I hear it.
— Brannon Braga (@BrannonBraga) April 5, 2013
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) April 5, 2013
Does this mean I have to stay hidden for 50 years? LLAP now !!
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) April 5, 2013
I understand that today is Star Trek First Contact Day!
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 5, 2013
— Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) April 5, 2013
Red Alert!First Contact Day…..changed my life
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) April 5, 2013
Happy First Contact Day! In Star Trek lore, Earth met the Vulcans on Apr 5, 2063. ’til then, I’m running SETI@Home. setiathome.berkeley.edu
— Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) April 5, 2013
More #FirstContactDay on Twitter.
First Contact Day on the web
- Official Star Trek store has 20% off sale use code "ASSIMILATE" (ends 2PM PDT)
- Star Trek Online game is celebrating First Contact Day with a special event which kicks off at 10 AM PST today (and runs until April 11th). Details are at the official site.
Visit Utopia Planitia for special First Contact Day event in Star Trek Online
How will you celebrate First Contact Day?