Star  Trek 1996

The Tampa Theatre Tampa, FL


Dr. Doug Gobeille

Professor of Astrophysics, University of South Florida

Star Trek: First Contact— The Drake Equation

A discussion of the Drake Equation, a mathematical calculation used to estimate the number of detectable extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy.

The Tampa Theatre Tampa, FL

Film Synopsis

The Borg go back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.

In the eighth feature film in the Star Trek franchise, the Borg have returned, in another attempt to conquer Earth. Disregarding orders, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the new Enterprise-E rush to save the Federation homeworld, only to get sucked back in time with the Borg as they attempt to interfere with the course of humankind's evolution into a peaceful, unified race. Trapped in the mid-21st century, their only chance of stopping the Borg from assimilating Earth is to help Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell) make his famous first faster-than-light travel to the stars.

About the Speaker

Dr. Doug Gobeille is a professor of astrophysics at the University of South Florida.