'Star Trek': 50 Artists. 50 Years. (A Sci-Fi Art Slideshow)

USPS "Star Trek" Commemorative Stamps

Art by The Heads of State and USPS. Photo by Hanneke Weitering.

To celebrate "Star Trek's" 50th anniversary, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) issued these special commemorative postage stamps. Artists Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers created the designs. The two designers have worked together for more than 10 years and go by the collective title, "The Heads of State."

Captain's Chair in Mega Bloks

Star Trek: 50 Artists, 50 Years

A captain's chair made entirely of Mega Bloks was one of the photo opportunities for visitors at the "Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years" exhibit in the Paley Center for Media in New York City.

Starship Enterprise Photo-Op

Star Trek: 50 Artists, 50 Years

Mega Bloks created a model of the starship Enterprise, which was on display at the Paley Center for Media in New York City during its "Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years" exhibit. (This was not one of the 50 works of art displayed in the gallery.)

"The Arena" in Real Life

Star Trek: 50 Artists, 50 Years

"Star Trek" fans could hop into a famous scene from the episode "The Arena" and take a photo with cardboard cutouts of Capt. Kirk and Gorn.

The Salt Vampire

Star Trek: 50 Artists, 50 Years

The Salt Vampire, a now-extinct alien species from the very first episode of the original "Star Trek" series lurks in his natural habitat in this photo-op at the Paley Center for Media in New York City.

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Hanneke Weitering
Contributing expert

Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at FutureFlight.aero and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at Space.com. As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.