The Academy motto was “Ex Astris, Scientia“, meaning “from the stars, knowledge” in Latin. The ancient Romans usually did not use verbs in inscriptions, so it would be better translated as “knowledge comes from the stars”. According to Michael Okuda, the motto was inspired by a quotation on the Apollo 13 mission patch, “Ex luna, scientia“. The Apollo 13 quote was itself a paraphrase of the motto of the United States Naval Academy, “Ex Scientia Tridens,” which means “from knowledge, seapower.”
The initially shown version “Ex Astra, Scientia” was grammatically wrong, as the preposition “ex” requires the ablative case “Astris“. According to Michael Okuda, six months after “The First Duty” aired he received a letter from a Latin Professor at Brown University pointing this out. This error was corrected for later appearances and also in the remastered Blu-ray edition of TNG.
There have been three versions of the Academy logo. The first version being the original logo seen in “The First Duty”, with the Latin grammar error. The second was seen only briefly behind Harry Kim’s interrogation in the alternate timeline in “Non Sequitur”. This logo had the updated Latin phrase and the rays of light had been inverted when compared to the original, with the outer border changing to a shade of pink rather than a red. The third logo debuted shortly thereafter with an updated Starfleet insignia and the border returning to a shade of red.memory-alpha.fandom.com
Star Trek: The Experience was a Star Trek themed destination that ran from 1998 to 2008 at the Las Vegas Hilton. The Experience boasted a museum, a Deep Space Nine-style Promenade, a Quark’s Bar-inspired restaurant and two rides; the Klingon Encounter and Borg Invasion 4-D. A large selection of souvenirs were available including a line of ornaments comprised of ten figures and five metal insignias. These ornaments are a great way to round out your Star Trek ornament collection with subjects that have not yet been explored by Hallmark.
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Vintage STAR TREK the EXPERIENCE Las Vegas Hilton Christmas Tree Skirt & 2 Stockings. All of them are new with tags. Skirt is approx. 38″ in diameter. Stockings are approx. 16″.–eBay description
Las Vegas was home to a unique interactive Star Trek destination from 1998-2008 called Star Trek: The Experience. The gift shop offered many non-Hallmark Star Trek ornaments and a Christmas tree skirt and now it seems there was also a matching Christmas stocking (703308). The stocking had an original MSRP of $20.00.
The tree skirt doesn’t come around very often on ebay and this is my first time seeing the matching Christmas stocking. The auction ends November 16, 2021 so if this is something of interest you may want to jump on it quickly.
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Final sale price $139.41 with $15.99 shipping.
Another tree skirt sold by itself on the same day for $139.50 with free shipping.
- Spock (#701923)
- Borg (#701924)
- Neelix (#701925)
- Quark (#701926)
- Picard (#701927)
- Gorn (#701928)
- Klingon (#701929)
- Cardassian (#701930)
- Talosian (#701931)
- Mugato (#705206)
- United Federation of Planets Starfleet Command (#707104)
- Star Trek – The Experience, Las Vegas Hilton
- United Federation of Planets
- Starfleet Academy
- Klingon Insignia
- Tree Skirt (#703307)
- Stocking (#703308)
It is not often we come across overlooked Star Trek ornaments but that seems to be the case this week. A big “thank you” to our reader, Rob, for discovering these non-Hallmark ornaments when they appeared on eBay this week. It appears to be a collection of Star Trek ornaments that were sold at Star Trek: The Experience, officially licensed by CBS Studios.
We have long known about the Starfleet Command/United Federation of Planets ornament and it appears often on resell sites. What was once thought to be a one off stamped metal ornament now appears to be at least a series of five that were sold at Star Trek: The Experience between 1998 and 2008.
NOTE: Dimensions come from seller’s eBay description. We have included the prices the ornaments were sold for because of their rarity. All ornaments were sold on 10.15.20.
CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – Starfleet Command, United Federation of Planets, 3 1/2” high, $19.95.
CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – The Experience, Las Vegas Hilton, 3 1/2” wide, $60.00.
CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – United Federation of Planets, 2 5/8” wide, $32.05.
CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – Starfleet Academy, 3” on each side, $35.55.
CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – Klingon Insignia, 3” x 3 1/4”, $36.55.
This is a non-Hallmark United Federation of Planets Starfleet Command (3.5″) ornament that was available exclusively at Star Trek: The Experience at the Hilton in Las Vegas (1998-2008).
This is a non-Hallmark Mugato ornament that was available exclusively at Star Trek: The Experience at the Hilton in Las Vegas (1998-2008).
This is a non-Hallmark Cardassian ornament that was available exclusively at Star Trek: The Experience at the Hilton in Las Vegas (1998-2008).