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July 8, 2014 AT 9:00 am

8 Star Trek Technologies Moving From Science Fiction To Science Fact #makereducation

IXS Enterprise

This article from Forbes lists 8 Star Trek technologies that are now more fact than fiction:

NASA physicist Harold White and artist Mark Rademaker recently released spectacular images of the “IXS Enterprise,” a design for a hypothetical faster-than-light starship based on work being done in Dr. White’s lab at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Dr. White is Advanced Propulsion Team Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate. One of his laboratory’s goals is “to pursue propulsion technologies necessary to enable human exploration of the solar system over the next 50 years, and enabling interstellar spaceflight by the end of the century.”

It’s been nearly half-century since Star Trek (aka Star Trek: The Original Series) debuted in 1966. Since that time, several technologies depicted in that show and later Star Trek shows (ST: The Next Generation, ST: Voyager, ST: Deep Space 9, and ST: Enterprise) are moving from science fiction to science fact. So how close are we today to the world of Star Trek? Let’s take a look at 8 of these technologies.

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