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Fans of Star Trek know, however, that the warp drive will be invented in 2061 by eccentric scientist Zefram Cochrane, who will launch the first starship, the Phoenix, 48 from an abandoned missile silo in Montana. During the test flight, Cochrane will make contact with a passing ship piloted by members of an alien race, the Vulcans. By the twenty-third century, warp drives will be important components of the ships that travel under the authority of the United Federation of Planets. One of those vessels is the starship Enterprise.
At something like threequarters the speed of light for a . . voyage to the nearest star would require an energy release that could fulfill the entire current power needs in the United States for more than 100,000 years,” says Arizona State University physicist Lawrence Krauss. ” Lawrence Krauss, The Physics of Star Trek. New York: Basic Books, 2007, p. 166. by actors wearing costumes. As the series moved into the twenty-first century, computer animators took over, and now many of the Star Wars aliens, such as Jar Jar Binks, are created through the process of computer-generated imagery, or CGI.
As in Close Encounters, Spielberg again explored some of the mysteries surrounding the cult of UFO be42 lievers—specifically, the claim by many that they have formed bonds with aliens they encountered. T. the story opens as an alien spaceship lands in a California forest but is forced to make a quick getaway—some nosy government agents are on the trail—leaving behind a member of the crew. : The Extraterrestrial. The movie suggests that bonds between earthly and extraterrestrial civilizations are possible.
Aliens in Pop Culture by Hal Marcovitz