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Mass hysteria erupts on Twitter over Space Force logo mimicking Star Trek, but who ripped off who?

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President Donald Trump proudly showed off the new logo for the U.S. Space Force and reactions may not have been what he expected.

Social media users were convinced the new emblem for the sixth branch of the United States military was beamed up directly from Star Trek.

“After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!” the president tweeted Friday, revealing the new design.

But the launch created an instant outcry from Twitter users who seemed to lose it over the similarities of the logo to that of Starfleet, the space force for the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek. The rings, blue globe and white stars surrounding Starfleet’s delta spaceship symbol seemed to be mimicked in the new Space Force design.

Even former “Star Trek” star George Takei, a vocal critic of the president, tweeted a response.

William Shatner, who played the iconic Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise, wondered if there would be a lawsuit coming.

The U.S. Space Force was established by Trump, who has long championed the idea, in December when he signed a $738 billion military bill, the National Defense Authorization Act.

“Space is a new war-fighting domain and Space Force will lead the way,” the president said, establishing the first new service branch in more than six decades.

“The Space Force will organize, equip and train the next generation of warriors to deter aggression and defend our nation, allies and American interests against hostile actions in the form of space and taking place in space,” Trump said.

The logo chosen to represent the new branch seems to differ from the other options presented in a 2018 poll by Trump’s Make America Great Again Committee.

But the Twitter hysteria continued over Trump’s announcement and reveal.

Former national security adviser and a former member of the Air Force, John Noonan, threw some cold water on the hysteria.

Others also pointed out similar lookalikes.

Sir Patrick Stewart returned as Jean-Luc Picard, his character from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” in the new series “Star Trek: Picard” on CBS All Access which premiered this week. Many Twitter users wondered if CBS or the estate of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry would be suing over the Space Force logo.

Many other Twitter users, however, thought the fuss was over nothing and gave the new design a thumbs up.

Frieda Powers

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