VIDEO: ‘Star Trek At 50’ the Focus Of Public Science Lecture August 26 At Florida Tech

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At Olin Engineering Complex Auditorium

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BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA — Florida Institute of Technology’s next Public Science Lecture Series presentation will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in the Olin Engineering Complex Auditorium (EC118).

Scott Tilley, a professor in the Department of Engineering Systems, will present “Star Trek at 50.”

The free event is sponsored by the College of Science and is open to the general public.

Tilley will explore the science, technology and engineering of the long-running science fiction series. When “Star Trek” made its television debut in 1966, many of its exciting new concepts, such as personal communication devices, were purely fictional.

Gene Roddenberry’s original television series first premiered on September 8, 1966, although at the time no one could have imagined this little, low-budget show would launch one of the longest running ongoing sci-fi narratives of all time. (Star Trek At 50 Image)

Now, a half-century later, technology has made many of these concepts a reality.

“Find out what is fact and what is fiction,” Tilley said of his lecture.

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Following the lecture, at approximately 9 p.m. and weather permitting, Florida Tech’s Student Astronomical Society will open up the 32-inch Ortega telescope for public viewing; three smaller telescopes will be on hand for “astronomical hors d’oeuvres.”

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ABOVE: The Olin Engineering Complex is located on West University Boulevard. For more information, call 321 -674-8795