95 Facts Even Star Trek Fans Didn’t Know About

26Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

While filming a guest appearance on Star Trek TNG, Stephen Hawking was taken on a tour of the USS Enterprise set. When he saw the Warp Core, he paused, and said 'I'm working on that.'

27. Worf has appeared in more Star Trek episodes than any other character.

28. Lucille Ball owned Desilu Productions and was told the two most expensive shows were “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek,” so they have to go.’ But she said, ‘No, I like ‘em!’ And they said, ‘They cost too much!’ And she said, ‘But I like ‘em!’ So they left them.”

29. Star Trek's planets were seeded by an ancient humanoid race and that's why the races are humanoid and physically compatible.

30. An actor who appeared as an extra in 12 episodes of the original Star Trek series and whose face can be seen clearly in at least one episode was never credited and his identity remains uncertain to this day.

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31Ressikan flute

Ressikan flute

Picard's Flute from the Star Trek TNG episode "The Inner Light" was put up for auction along with other Star Trek memorabilia in 2006. Christie's estimated the flute would sell for $300. The winning bidder paid $48,000 for the flute.

32. Star Trek' TV episodes are unusual in that syndication prices rose over time, instead of declining like most reruns, because fans watched each episode dozens of times. Their enormous popularity led to the revival of the franchise after the series' cancellation after three seasons.

33. Malcolm McDowell's character killed Captain Kirk in "Star Trek: Generations", he got death threats, some of them in Klingon

34. Star Trek hyposprays were invented to get around NBC's ban on showing syringes on television.

35. Nichelle Nichols did not dislike wearing Uhura's very short Starfleet uniform on 'Star Trek' (1966-1969). She later said, "I was wearing them on the street. What's wrong with wearing them on the air? I wore 'em on airplanes. It was the era of the miniskirt. Everybody wore miniskirts."