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To show our appreciation for the community here on the Trek Initiative (this means you!), we will be releasing exclusive material from the Roddenberry Entertainment archives.

Here is this week's release, we hope you enjoy it!

NASA Life Support System Letter 001
NASA Life Support System Letter 002
NASA Life Support System Letter 003

Gene Roddenberry's vision of a future in which mankind has reached a level of peaceful coexistence included a desire to incorporate historical events into the Star Trek universe. This can be seen throughout Star Trek: The Original Series episodes and beyond, and sometimes led to his interacting with people who were involved in the real-world space community. This letter - dated September 1, 1977 - is a prime example of one of these interactions. In it, NASA's Jesco von Puttkamer replies to Gene's inquiry about the U.S. space program's real world plans for dealing with extended space missions. Questions about life support, food/waste management, and a variety of other considered issues are touched on, in yet another instance of Gene incorporating real-world solutions for scenarios that will not only come into play in the Star Trek universe, but also in the not-so-distant future of our own space program.

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