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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 Tech Advice Ltr Appvd

Gene Roddenberry's vision of a future in which mankind has reached a level of peaceful coexistence included a desire to incorporate existing technology and terminology 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 June 13, 1978 - is a prime example of one of these interactions. In it, Gene responds to a reply from NASA's Jesco von Puttkamer regarding the original request for technical advice from NASA's aerospace experts. Gene further requests insight into astronaut "shorthand" jargon, in order to help brainstorm ideas for some of the Trek tech terminology. Originally intended for the Star Trek sequel series that never came to fruition, Star Trek Phase II (referred to as "Act II" in this letter), this research ended up being applied to the screenplay that we know from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

At the end of this letter, Gene extends a personal invitation for Puttkamer to visit him at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood... How sweet would that have been!?

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