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September, 1966
Doohan, James
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James Doohan was best known to Star Trek fans as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the chief engineer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, in the original Star Trek series. Doohan was born on March 3,...

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Kelley, DeForest
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Like the character of Dr. Leonard McCoy he played, Jackson DeForest Kelley was born in Georgia—Atlanta, to be specific, the son of a Baptist minister. Following his discharge from the U.S....

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Kirk, James T.
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(Played by William Shatner) STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: Kirk, James T. Mid-level Biography Brief Mode Final Rank: Captain Full Name: James Tiberius Kirk Date of birth: March 22, 2233 Place of...

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McCoy, Leonard H.
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(Played by DeForest Kelley) STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: McCoy, Leonard H. Mid-level Biography Brief Mode Final Rank: Admiral, retired Full Name: Leonard H. McCoy, M.D. Year of birth: 2227...

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Nichols, Nichelle
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Prior to being cast as Lt. Uhura in Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols had guested on Gene Roddenberry's first series, The Lieutenant. Born in Robbins, Ill., near Chicago,...

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Nimoy, Leonard
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Born and raised in Boston, Leonard Nimoy started acting as a boy, but moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to give it a go on a professional level. He worked his way up from small roles in the likes of...

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Scott, Montgomery "Scotty"
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(Portrayed by James Doohan)STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: Scott, Montgomery "Scotty" Mid-level Biography Brief Mode Final Rank: Captain Serial Number: SE-197-54T Year of birth: 2222 Education:...

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Shatner, William
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It’s said that a role as highly visible as James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise can be the “kiss of death” to a professional acting career, but it doesn’t seem to have...

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Spock
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STARFLEET HISTORICAL DATABASE: Spock Full Biography Mode Rank: Captain, retired Serial number: S179-276SP Full Name: Spock (lineal Vulcan name unpronounceable) Year of birth: 2230 Place of...

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Sulu, Hikaru
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(Portrayed by George Takei) STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: Sulu, Hikaru Mid-level Biography Brief Mode Rank: Captain Date of birth: 2237 Place of birth: San Francisco, Earth Education: Starfleet...

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Takei, George
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George Hosato Takei was born in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles. He and his family lived there until World War II when, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, they were relocated to a...

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warp drive
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The main propulsion system for most starships that is capable of faster-than-light travel. The core of the warp drive uses  to control the annihilation of matter and antimatter. This...

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October, 1966
Vulcan nerve pinch
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A Vulcan technique that applies pressure to the base of the neck, immediately rendering the subject unconscious but ultimately unharmed. The technique seems to work on most humanoid species,...

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November, 1966
Howard, Clint
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He may be forever known as Ron Howard’s “little brother,” but Clint Howard is the only one in the family with three appearances on various Star Treks—including the...

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Mind-Meld, Vulcan
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A touch technique that allows a Vulcan to merge his or her mind with the essence of another's mind purely by using specialized contact via fingertip-points -- on a humanoid, usually around the...

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Whitney, Grace Lee
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Grace Lee Whitney was born Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Whitney started her entertainment career as a "girl singer" on Detroit's WJR radio. She soon opened in nightclubs for the likes of...

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December, 1966
Romulans
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Planets: Romulus and Remus (aka Romii). Until stardate 1709.2 when the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 under the command of Captain James T. Kirk had an unfriendly run-in with a Romulan ship. Very...

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January, 1967
warp factor
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Warp factor is the unit used to measure faster-than-light travel, where 'c' is equal to the speed of light. Each increase of one warp is computed geometrically. Warp ten is theorized to be...

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February, 1967
Montalban, Ricardo
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Ricardo Montalban originated the role of Khan Noonien Singh in the original Star Trek series episode "Space Seed." He reprised the character for the motion picture "Star Trek II: The Wrath of...

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O'Neil, Lieutenant Lisa
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Served aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 in 2267. O'Neil investigated a missing starship crew on Beta III and was captured and absorbed. Later he betrayed his shipmates to Landru's lawgivers.

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September, 1967
Chekov, Pavel
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(Portrayed by Walter Koenig) STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: Chekov, Pavel Andreievich Mid-level Biography Brief Mode Final Rank: Commander Full Name: Pavel Andreievich Chekov Serial number:...

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Koenig, Walter
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Walter Koenig — actor, director, screenwriter, novelist, acting professor, and comic book creator — played Ensign Pavel Chekov in the orignal Star Trek begining with Season 2.Born in...

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Pon Farr
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A Vulcan term for their mating cycle. Every seven years, the adult Vulcan undergoes an extreme and erratic physical and psychological imbalance, which can be fatal if the mating ritual is...

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November, 1967
Andorians
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Planet: Andoria. Humanoid Federation members are blue-skinned in appearance, with bilateral antennae that reflect their emotional state, and characteristically white hair. Andorians are...

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Orions
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Green-skinned humanoids, the most notable of whom are the so-called "green Orion animal women," females who seem to be mere slaves but actually wield a preternatural influence over humanoid males...

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February, 1968
Ekosians
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Planet: Ekos. A humanoid race at war with a neighboring planet, Zeon. Ekosian society was based on World War II-era Nazi Germany on Earth due to a miscalculation by a Federation cultural observer...

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Muldaur, Diana
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Actress Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski) is no stranger to Star Trek, having appeared in two Original Series episodes, "Is There In Truth No Beauty?" and "Return to Tomorrow." Muldaur has...

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December, 1968
Tellun
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A binary system with a G-class star and an A-class star near the Klingon-Federation border. During the mid-23rd century, the system was under Federation control including two planets in the...

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January, 1969
Biggs, Casey
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Casey Biggs played Damar on Deep Space Nine. The character first appeared in one episode of Season 4 and became an important recurring character up to the final episode of the series in Season 7....

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June, 1969
Lester, Dr. Janice
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Brilliant scientist and James Kirk's former lover. Lester used an ancient life-energy transfer machine to swap minds with Kirk in 2269. Lester's charade as Kirk ended after ordering the entire...

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December, 1969
AGP (Andolian Grand Premier)
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Brand name of an Andolian champagne. Lore used this champagne to slip Data a mickey soon after his reactivation in 2364.

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Asimov, Dr. Isaac
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Famous 20th-century writer and biochemist from Earth. Asimov postulated that a positronic brain would one day become a reality and be used in robotic beings. His fictional writings provided...

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Bartel, Lt.
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Engineer serving aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise-D when the ship encountered the Dyson Sphere near Norpin V.

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Burton, LeVar
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Thanks to his breakthrough role as Kunta Kinte in the landmark Roots miniseries, LeVar Burton was likely the best-known member of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s ensemble cast as...

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champagne
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Sparkling white wine originating from the Champagne region of France, Earth. Champagne is still much-used as a beverage for ceremonial toasts. Picard offered a toast to former lover Jenice...

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containment field
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Forcefield used to isolate hazardous materials, measured by levels of power cohesiveness. Containment fields are routinely used to hold antimatter fuel within its storage pods. Also used in...

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Crosby, Denise
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As Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Denise Crosby made quite an impression. Even though she was only on the show for the best part of a season before dying at the...

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Crusher, Beverly
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STARFLEET PERSONNEL FILE ? Crusher, Beverly Rank: CommanderCurrent assignment: Chief Medical Officer, U.S.S. Enterprise (detached service upon loss of vessel in...

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Crystalline Entity
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Origin: space. A massive and unique lifeform, delicate in appearance while blindly and insatiably feeding off the life-force of beings and even planetary resources. It could destroy a world in...

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Data
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STARFLEET PERSONNEL FILE: Data Final Rank: Lieutenant Commander Last assignment: Second Officer/Science Officer, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E (was promoted to First Officer, but died prior to...

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Datalore
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The U.S.S. Enterprisecrew investigates the mystery surrounding the disappearance of an earth colony in the Omicron Theta star system 26 years earlier, which coincidentally happens to the exact...

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Dyson sphere
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Named for 20th-century physicist Freeman Dyson, who postulated a sphere could be built around a star with inhabitants living on its interior wall. In 2369, the Enterprise-D discovered a sphere,...

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Frakes, Jonathan
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Like many of his fellow Star Trek actors, Jonathan Frakes developed his acting chops on stage in New York City, where he appeared in Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape and Shenandoah. Soap opera parts...

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Franklin, Ensign Matt
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Engineer aboard the U.S.S. Jenolen at the time it crashed into a Dyson Sphere in 2294. He and Montgomery Scott survived the crash and attempted to keep themselves alive until a rescue ship...

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Hokule'a-class starship
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The U.S.S. Tripoli was of this class. In 2338, the Tripoli discovered Data on Omicron Theta.

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Jenolen, U.S.S.
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An older class of Federation starship, the Jenolen disappeared in 2294, leaving no word as to its whereabouts and presumed lost. In 2369, the Enterprise-D discovered that the Jenolen had in fact...

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Justman, Robert
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Bob Justman, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 81, went from gofer to Executive Producer during a career that spanned more than 35 motion pictures and 500 television episodes, pilots and...

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La Forge, Geordi
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STARFLEET PERSONNEL FILE: La Forge, Geordi Rank: CommanderCurrent assignment: Chief engineer, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-EFull Name: Geordi La ForgeDate of...

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Lore
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An android, of the same model and appearance as Lt. Commander Data of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D. Created, as was Data, by Doctors Noonien and Juliana Soong on Omicron Theta, Lore's emotional...

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McFadden, Gates
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Every now and then, the lives of the actors and the characters they play seem to run in tandem.  In the TNG episode “Data’s Day,” Data—noting that Dr. Crusher had once...

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Moore, Ronald D.
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Ronald D. Moore served as co-executive producer of Paramount Network Television's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Moore joined Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's production team as supervising producer in...

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Okuda, Michael
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As the lead graphic designer for Star Trek, Michael Okuda has earned screen credit on more Star Trek productions than anyone except Gene Roddenberry. Michael was responsible for the control...

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Okuda, Denise
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  Denise Okuda served as video/computer playback supervisor and graphic artist for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, as well as for several Star Trek movies made during...

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Omicron Theta
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Remote star whose sytem included a Class M planet where Noonian Soong and his wife created their androids, including Data, while living among 410 other science colonists. All life was wiped out...

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Picard, Jean-Luc
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 (Portrayed by Sir Patrick Stewart) STARFLEET PERSONNEL FILE: Picard, Jean-LucRank: CaptainCurrent assignment: Commander, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-EFull...

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positronic brain
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A device first postulated by Isaac Asimov in the twentieth century that would use positron decay as the basis of an advanced computer neural system. Thought to be impossible to construct, the...

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Relics
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The U.S.S. Enterprise crew is surprised to encounter the U.S.S. Jenolen, which crashed 75 years ago, on the surface of a tremendous gravitational force known as a Dyson Sphere. However, they are...

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rematerialization subroutine
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part of the operating program of a transporter. This subroutine controls the reintegration of transported subjects. In 2295 Captain Scott used a transporter aboard the U.S.S. Jenolen to suspend...

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Riker, William
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STARFLEET PERSONNEL FILE: Riker, William T. 'Will' Rank: Captain Serial number: SC 231-427 Current assignment: Commander , U.S.S. Titan Full Name: William Thomas Riker Date of birth: August 19,...

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Sirtis, Marina
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Born in London to Greek parents, Sirtis attended the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama. After graduating, she became a member of the Worthing Repertory Theater, where she made her debut as...

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Spiner, Brent
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Born in Houston, Texas, Brent Spiner credits his high school drama teacher—the same man who inspired the careers of acting brothers Randy and Dennis Quaid, and director Thomas...

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Stewart, Patrick
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Does life end after commanding the Starship Enterprise for 15 years? Judging by the career of Patrick Stewart, apparently not. Stewart’s fame as Captain Jean-Luc Picard provided no end of...

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Sydney-class transport
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A small, runabout-style ship. In 2294, a Sydney-class vessel, the Jenolen, vanished while carrying Montgomery Scott. It was later found, on the surface of a Dyson sphere, by the Enterprise-D.

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Theiss, William Ware Bill
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As the man who devised the fashion look of Starfleet and other classic 23rd century apparel on the original Star Trek, costume designer William Ware "Bill? Theiss also provided the first look at...

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Tripoli, U.S.S.
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The starship whose crew first discovered Data 31 years ago was retired upon decommissioning to Surplus Depot Z15 at Qualor II, where it had been used as a holding vessel on the yard's perimeter in...

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Troi, Deanna
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STARFLEET PERSONNEL FILE: Troi, Deanna Rank: Commander Current assignment: U.S.S. Titan Full Name: Deanna Troi Date of birth: Terran equivalent: March 29, 2336 Place of birth: Near Lake El-Nar,...

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Wheaton, Wil
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Wil Wheaton was already a veteran of cinema and television when, at the age of fifteen, he was cast as boy genius Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  His most prominent early...

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Yar, Natasha (Tasha)
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STARFLEET PERSONNEL FILE ? Yar, Natasha "Tasha" (deceased) Rank: Lieutenant Final assignment: Chief of security, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D Year of birth: 2337 Place of birth: Turkana IV Date...

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December, 1979
Goldsmith, Jerry
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Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith was one of Hollywood's busiest and most honored musical talents. Goldsmith's compositions have virtually defined the musical personality of Star Trek...

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Sternbach, Rick
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Rick Sternbach has been a space and science fiction artist since the early 1970s, often combining both interests in a project. His clients include NASA, Sky and Telescope, Data Products, Random...

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June, 1982
Alixia
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Talaxian who grew up on Rinax, a moon of Talax. Alixia and her brother Neelix often went exploring in such places as the Caves of Touth and the equatorial dust shrouds, and they even hunted...

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Alley, Kirstie
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Long before her slimming comeback turn on Dancing With the Stars—or even her star roles in Veronica‘s Closet and Cheers—Kirstie Alley arrived in Hollywood and nabbed her very...

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Beach, Commander
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Officer serving aboard the U.S.S. Reliant in 2285 during its planetary survey mission in the Mutara Sector for Project Genesis. When the ship was hijacked by Khan Noonien Singh, Beach was among...

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Bennett, Harve
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Harve Bennett produced and co-wrote the story for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which was a success financially, critically and with Trek fans and is widely credited with saving the franchise,...

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Besch, Bibi
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Best known as Dr. Carol Marcus in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Bibi Besch was born Bibiana Huber in Vienna, Austria and grew up in Chappaqua, New York following World War II. She began her...

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Butrick, Merritt
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Merritt Butrick, a native of Gainesville, Fla. who grew up in the San Fransisco area, portrayed Dr. David Marcus, son of James T. Kirk and Dr. Carol Marcus, in two movies: Star Trek II: The...

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dynoscanner
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A type of sensor that can establish the presence of low-level molecular activity.

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Genesis Device
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Torpedo mechanism intended for use in Project: Genesis testing. In 2285, Khan Noonien Singh stole the device and activated it in an attempt to destroy the U.S.S. Enterprise, and his enemy, Admiral...

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Joachim
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Genetically superior blonde-haired young man serving under Khan in 2285. Joachim urged, unsuccessfully, Khan to stop battling James Kirk. Loyal to Khan, Joachim died with his master aboard the...

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Kobayashi Maru
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Federation freighter that served as part of the Kobayashi Maru scenario, a simulated Starfleet Academy training exercise wherein cadets had to decide what command decisions to make after receiving...

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Marcus, Dr. Carol
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(Played by Bibi Besch)Molecular biologist made famous in 2285 by her planet development process, Project Genesis. In the 2260's a relationship with James T. Kirk produced her son, David.

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Marcus, Dr. David
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(Played by Merritt Butrick) Along with his mother, Dr. Carol Marcus, a key scientist on Project Genesis in 2270-80s, and the only son of her and James T. Kirk. David introduced unstable...

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Meyer, Nicholas
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Nicholas Meyer, a writer and consulting producer on Star Trek: Discovery, has a long and vital history with the franchise. Meyer directed (and co-wrote, uncredited) Star Trek II: The Wrath of...

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Miranda-class starship
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This type of Federation starship was introduced prior to 2285. The Miranda-class are similar to Soyuz-class ships, and have nacelles below their saucer sections. The Reliant and Saratoga were...

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Moby Dick
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Legendary white whale pursued by Captain Ahab in a 19th-century Earth novel. Apparently well-read throughout the galaxy, officers as diverse as James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Tom Paris and Khan...

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Mutara Nebula
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A large diffuse nebula used for cover by Admiral Kirk in his damaged U.S.S. Enterprise while pursued in a dogfight by vengeance-seeking renegade Khan Noonien Singh in the commandeered U.S.S. Reliant.

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prefix code
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The prefix code in Federation starship's locks control of that vessel to a unique code, accessed by authorized personnel. This code prevents unsecured control of key ship's systems through...

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Preston, Peter
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In 2285 this very young engineer's mate gave his life to save the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. Preston — a nephew of Chief Engineer Scott — remained at his post when the other cadets ran.

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Project Genesis
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Project Genesis was a theoretical process to terraform dead planets by means of a genetic explosion that would reduce the surface of a planet to its elementary particles. Under the direction of...

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Regula One
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A space lab in orbit of the planet Regula, Regula One housed the research facilities for Project: Genesis. The project, lead by Doctors Carol and David Marcus, created "life" from...

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Reliant, U.S.S.
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Miranda-class starship, registry no. NCC-1864; commanded by Captain Clark Terrell; first officer, Commander Pavel Chekov. Its final mission occurred in 2285, when the Reliant was assigned to the...

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retina scan
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A more reliable way of detecting a persons identity, by scanning an individuals blood vessel pattern within the retina. Kirk had to submit to a retina scan to gain access to the Project Genesis files.

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Saavik
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(Played by Kirstie Alleyand Robin Curtis)Female Vulcan and protégée of Spock, Saavik enrolled at Starfleet Academy in 2285. She took part in the Kobyashi Maru training simulation, a...

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Scott, Judson
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With his sapphire eyes and an unforgettable “look,” it was only a quirk of miscommunication with his agent that kept Judson Scott off the screen credits as Joaquim for Star Trek...

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Sowards, Jack B.
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Jack B. Sowards wrote episodes of "Bonanza", "High Chaparral" and "Barnaby Jones" before getting the assignment to co-write the story for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with Harve Bennett. He...

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
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In 2285 at Starfleet Academy, Admiral Kirk is busy training new cadets. Among the cadets is Saavik, a young protégé of Spock's, who feels that she has failed the Kobayashi Maru...

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Terrell, Captain Clark
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Commander of the U.S.S. Reliant. In 2285, Terrell was subjugated by Khan Noonien Singh's brain-eating Ceti eel. The information was used to help steal Project Genesis. Terrell later killed himself...

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Winfield, Paul
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Noted African-American actor Paul Winfield portrayed two powerful roles in his oportunities in the Star Trek universe: as the tragic Captain Clark Terrell in the bigscreen Star Trek II:...

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June, 1984
Curtis, Robin
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Robin Curtis took over the role of Saavik from Kirstie Alley, playing the Vulcan character in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Curtis is one of a rare group...

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November, 1986
Ellenstein, Robert
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In a four-decade career of stage, film and TV, Robert Ellenstein called the Star Trek family home thanks to two visits: as the first Federation President ever depicted, in ST IV,  and as...

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