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Star Trek sends away team to Google.com for today’s Google Doodle

We’re kinda “meh” about most Google Doodles, but the search engine pushed all our buttons (in a good way) with this morning’s doodle, which features a few scenes, sounds, and animations from Star Trek  (The Original Series).

If they’d gone with Star Trek: The Next Generation, we’d be willing to swear off writing and/or thinking about Bing for all eternity.

The doodle is wildly interactive. You can click around to take the con on the bridge, to go to red alert, to explore a strange new sound stage world, and even to beam them down, Scotty. In the final scene, the iconic TOS theme song even gets a quick reference.

It’s Friday, and we’re in love.

Ryan Germick, the Google designer in charge of the project, told Entertainment Weekly, “It’s actually more like a story — you can click around and discover things. Find some really unique, tiny nuggets from the show that meet the details of the program we all love. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

Google search chief Amit Singhal, with whom we were just nerding out about Star Trek just last month, wrote on Germick’s Google+ page, “Today’s Star Trek doodle is, and Mr. Spock said it best, ‘Fascinating.’”

[Irrelevant humblebrag: Yeah, we're pretty tight with Mr. Spock, too. And Geordi La Forge, but, you know, whatever. We're cool.]

“Built using modern web technologies, this beautiful, interactive, multiscene doodle takes all of us — where no one has gone before,” Singhal continued. “Every scene has hidden surprises you absolutely have to discover for yourself, especially the fate of the Redshirt. … Working on search at Google has brought me ever so close to realizing my childhood dream of turning science fiction into reality; and Star Trek has played a special role in my journey.”

Mosey on over to Google.com and take a few minutes to click around and smile, you big ol’ nerd, you. We’ll see you at the Star Trek convention in San Francisco in November.

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