CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Captain's Log

May 7, 2009

After a long several-year wait of acute anticipation and much fanfare, the new J.J. Abrams' film `Star Trek' is finally opening nationwide on Friday, May 8.

The characters in this film and the universe they inhabit are, of course, familiar. But this re-booted rendition of the beloved Star Trek saga, crafted with cutting-edge computer graphics and modern production values, begins at the beginning, deep in the past and rooted in the scripture of the iconic 1960's TV series. This story finds our friends long before they find each other, and follows them through intersecting lifelines and events straight out of Star Trek mythology, onto the maiden voyage of the USS Enterprise where their friendships are forged in a battle of spectacle and fury -- you guessed it -- to rid the Universe of evil.

It is here that the utopian vision of Gene Roddenberry meets the cinematic magic of George Lucas.

And don't be surprised to find a scene or two in this film informed by the dazzling Saturnian sights we have come to know so well. This is one movie Cassini fans won't want to miss!

Should you be so inclined, do drop by this website again after seeing the film and let us know what you think of it by posting your comments here. We're eager to hear what you have say.

And dare we say it ... Live Long and Prosper.

Carolyn Porco
Cassini Imaging Team Leader
'Star Trek' Science Consultant
CICLOPS
Boulder, CO