Star Trek has a big anniversary coming up. This summer, the franchise that dared to boldly go where no man has gone before turns 50.
The Original Series debuted on NBC on September 8, 1966. Though it ran for just three years—and included just 79 episodes—Star Trek spawned four spin-off TV series, 13 movies and a host of novels and comics. In honor of the show's enduring mark on popular culture, and the franchise's golden anniversary, the United States Postal Service is issuing a series of colorful commemorative postage stamps. The Heads of State, a Philadelphia design studio that produces work with a retro, patriotic slant to it, created it with direction from Antonio Alcalá, a designer at Studio A.