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Honey, researchers shrunk Star Trek’s U.S.S. Voyager to prove they could

Researchers out of Leiden University in the Netherlands printed a micro 3-D model of the U.S.S. Voyager just to see if they could.

Sometimes science goes too far. This is one of those times, or it’s not. Who’s to say? This is just banana’s though, regardless of the implications. Researchers from Leiden University in the Netherlands decided they’d like to see how small they could 3D print something. Apparently, the issue that came with micro-printing were issues with creating spherical shapes. Thanks to a breakthrough, however, they can now print all sorts of things like helixes, boats, and Kathyrn Janeway’s favorite Star Trek ship; the U.S.S. Voyager.

So why would this need to be done in the first place? Why would the Voyager need to be printed so small it’s literally microscopic? Well, to track semen, obviously.

According to, the researchers are trying to contribute to the understanding of how biological microswimmers flow. That’s your run of the mill bacteria, white blood cells, and, of course, sperm.

The U.S.S. Voyager’s crew were able to revert Janeway and Tom Paris back from prehistoric lizards, took on a flesh-eating phage, found ways to defeat lifeforms from another dimension, and took on the challenge of transforming a Borg(s) back into their previous selves.

So it’s pretty fitting that the Voyager got this honor. Speaking of honors, this isn’t the first time that Voyager found themselves making headlines for being timeless and classic. Janeway’s actress, Kate Mulgrew, was on hand (virtually) for a special celebration. Folks in Indiana decided to honor Janeway (and Mulgrew) by building a bust of the captain and monument in Bloomington.

While Voyager is often criticized by the fanbase, it’s nice to see the series get some positive attention for a change. After all, it’s one of the more iconic series in all of science fiction history for a reason.

Even if people are still wrong about the whole Tuvix thing.