WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - It's a big mile-stone for Star Trek fans who have nicknamed themselves “Trekkers”.
The beloved franchise has turned 50.
"I have been a long-time fan," said Linda Schwartz.
The original show first aired on September 8, 1966.
Fans from the area and tourists alike headed to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to visit a model of the spacecraft, Enterprise, that was used in the original show.
"I really got hooked on the show's hopeful message," said Schwartz.
Schwartz said one of the show's main characters Spock, changed her life for the better.
"He was very calm, cool, and collected," said Schwartz. "I Iearned a lot from him."
Schwartz says the franchise also helped her flourish socially.
"I made a lot of friends because of Star Trek. A lot of my friends that went to high school with were also interested show," said Schwartz.
While the show, that later spun-off into movie,s is science fiction, the themes are very real for Scwartz and other fans.
"All walks of life, all people are accepted," said Schwartz. "There is none of the prejudices that you see today."
The National Air and Space Museum is kicking-off a special 3 day celebration of Star Trek's anniversary with a showing of the very first episode from 1966 Thursday at 8.
View the rest of the schedule here: