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Nation’s Treasures: Starfleet Academy Ornament

CBS Studios Star Trek Ornament – Starfleet Academy, 3” on each side, sold for $35.55 on 10.15.20.

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.

Nation’s Treasures Star Trek: The Experience Ornaments

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.