Since Star Trek first went on the air in the 60s, it has had connections to the real life space program. And today the latest example is a new official poster for the next expedition to the International Space Station which has the crew dressed in Star Trek uniforms Check it out below.
Star Trek’s latest crew
The next expedition for ISS (Expedition 21) is scheduled to begin in October when three new crewmembers arrive via a Soyuz launch from Russia. The new crewmembers, combined with three from the previous expedition, will form ISS Expedition 21. Mostly for internal purposes, NASA creates special posters for each mission, and for Expedition 21, they went with a Star Trek theme, with the crew in Next Generation uniforms, an Original Series typeface, and the Enterprise NX-01 in the background (which seems fitting as Enterprise featured the ISS in the opening credits).
The Star Trek themed poster is not their first foray into popular culture. In recent years NASA’s Space Flight Awareness group has been taking on various films for Shuttle and Station missions. Here are some examples.
NASA goes to the movies
Thanks to Keith Cowing of OnOrbit.com for the tip