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I know a few of them but I don't recognize them all.

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I’m curious: what’s the source of this image? I couldn’t find another copy through Google Images. – alexwlchan Feb 25 at 8:44
    
@alexwlchan viralstyle.com/toistore/… – RedCaio Feb 25 at 9:34
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The image has an error regarding the Star Wars lore. It's a long time ago, not a long, long, time ago. The galaxy is far, far away, but it's just one long time ago. – Todd Wilcox Feb 25 at 20:03
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@ToddWilcox that's exactly what I said when I saw it. </nerd rage> – RedCaio Feb 25 at 20:33
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Are two TARDIS's called a TARDII? – Daniel Feb 25 at 22:34
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In brief, from top-to-bottom:

  • The TARDIS (Doctor Who)
  • Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)
  • Battlestar Galactica (Battlestar Galactica)
  • Saturn V rocket (Apollo missions)
  • Discovery One (2001: A Space Odyssey)
  • USS Enterprise (Star Trek)
  • Serenity (Firefly)

And once again, with pictures and a bit more commentary:

  • The TARDIS. This is the time machine used in Doctor Who, and as far as I know the only one of these ships with any time travel capabilities – hence it appearing at both ends of the spectrum. A fault in its chameleon circuit means that it’s (almost) always disguised as a 1963 police telephone box.

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  • The Millennium Falcon. This is the spaceship flown by Han Solo in Star Wars – so far it’s appeared in Episode IV to Episode VII. The “long, long time ago” refers to the opening crawl of the films.

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  • Battlestar Galactica. From the show of the same name. This was the only one I wasn’t sure about, but googling the 148,000 BC pointed me in the direction of this show. Hard to see the profile, but here’s a picture:

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  • A Saturn V rocket. This was used for (some of) the Apollo moon missions. Its first test flight was Apollo 4, which took place in November 1967. Here’s a picture from NASA’s website:

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  • Discovery One. This is the spaceship in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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  • USS Enterprise. This is from Star Trek, but there’s some disagreement as to exactly which model the image depicts – see the comments below.

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  • The Serenity. This comes from the Firefly series.

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It's the Enterprise NCC1701-A, the nacelles are different from the original that you have the image for. – Jane S Feb 25 at 8:47
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I don't know whether to be embarrassed or not to have picked that up ;) – Jane S Feb 25 at 8:50
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It's not necessarily the Enterprise-A, the original Enterprise was refitted with similar nacelles and deflector dish. Plus the A didn't get launched until 2286. – JAB Feb 25 at 16:26
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I always thought "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." was not part of the opening crawl. I mean, it appears right before the opening crawl, but it doesn't crawl, it fades in and fades back out. Then comes "STAR WARS" (which goes off into the distance and doesn't crawl up the screen) and the opening fanfare of the theme and then the crawl. Or is all of that considered to be part of the crawl? – Todd Wilcox Feb 25 at 20:46
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@T.J.Crowder Presumably he meant the only one of the ships on the poster, not the only TARDIS. – Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 25 at 23:29

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