Reference Stardate -1/5000 through -1/5912.31
- April 18: "When the Stars Come a'Calling" (Star Trek Special)
- Benny Russell publishes science fiction stories at this time, based on visions he has had of Benjamin Sisko and Deep Space 9. (DS9 538)
- RSD -1/5710.04 (4 October): Sputnik 1 becomes Earth's first artificial satellite. It has a profound effect on the world and enables the Soviet Union to take the lead in early space development. Unknown to humanity, the launch is also observed with interest by a Vulcan survey vessel, which crashes near Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania soon afterward. The survivors—T'Met, Stron, and Mestral—attempt to pass as Humans until a rescue ship can retrieve them. Mestral chooses to remain behind on Earth.
- 22 January: Chapter 17 (TOS: "From History's Shadow")
- 29 January: Chapter 18 (TOS: "From History's Shadow")
- RSD -1/5801.31 (31 January): Explorer 1 is launched, marking the United States of America's entry into the space race.
- Goldstein, Stan and Goldstein, Fred with Sternbach, Rick. Star Trek: Spaceflight Chronology. Pocket Books, 1980.
- Berman, Rick & Braga, Brannon (Executive Producers) & Black, Chris & Shiban, John(Co-Executive Producers). "Carbon Creek." Enterprise, Season 2, Episode 2. Story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga and Dan O'Shannon. Teleplay by Chris Black. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 25 September 2002.