The U.S. Postal Service unveiled new Star Trek stamps to celebrate the franchise's 50th birthday. The original series debuted on September 8, 1966 on NBC and ran for just 3 years! After that 13 movies were created, and the rest is history.
The final 4 stamps feature the Vulcan salute, the USS Enterprise, a silhouetted crew member, and the Starfleet insignia. The images were created by a Philadelphia based design studio, The Heads of State and the task was not easy! Legal restrictions prevented the design team to use anyone's exact likeness or copyrighted material.
To celebrate the franchise, here are some facts you may not have known.
1. Captain Kirk never said, "Beam me up Scotty." The actual line was "Scotty, beam me up."
2. Leonard Nemoy's character, Spock, was originaly rejected by the U.S. Censors because his ears appeared "demonic."
3. Wesley Snipes auditioned for the role of Geordi LaForge.
4. Zachary Quinto couldn't do the Vulcan salute, they had to glue his fingers in the 2009 film.