As the impeachment trial of Donald Trump continued in earnest on Friday, the president was boldly unveiling his new logo for the US Space Force.
The massive defense spending bill Trump signed last month created the Space Force, a new branch of the military for which he has been pushing since early 2018.
Almost immediately after the design’s unveiling, people began pointing out the many similarities it bore to the logo for a certain fictional space fleet.
George Takei, one of the stars of Star Trek, jumped into the conversation to suggest the Trump administration pay the cast “royalties”.
Space Force, the first new military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947, is part of Trump’s efforts to shore up American dominance in space.
“Space is the world’s new war-fighting domain,” Trump said during a signing ceremony in December, at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington. “Among grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital. And we’re leading, but we’re not leading by enough, and very shortly we’ll be leading by a lot.”
Amid the hullabaloo, some pointed out that the United States has been all about that “live long and prosper” life for a while now.
And the central feature of the logo wasn’t the only part of the design that looked … familiar.