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 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!


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Very Cool!

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

Best Google Doodle EVER.

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?

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

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

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

This made me so happy!

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



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.

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

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

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

#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.

Gotta Love Google sometimes… Great animation.

Gotta Love Google sometimes… Great animation.

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

This is so cool!

#18: :::facepalm:::

#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?

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

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

#18 – No one knows. He’s disappered.

#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…)

How do you get to see the Tribbles?

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

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…..

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…

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!

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

“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.

Cool! :-D

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

Well done!

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

Oh, and the Red Shirt takes a beating…

Happy Star Trek day, everyone!

Loved it… Happy Bday, Star Trek!!!

Epic star trek is epic

So cool that Star Trek was remembered in this way!

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!

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!

Nicely done.

Gracias…GOOGLE :)

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.

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

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

This actually made my day! Thanks Google! :)