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In Star Trek: Beyond movie, we saw this photo which Spock had carried from the original timeline:

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Can you deduce the capture date of the photo by using only clues in the photo itself (i.e. in universe items such as background, dress, actors' ages etc)?

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IN UNIVERSE

If you look at the rank insignia, Kirk has reverted to the Captain's insignia, rather than the Admirals insignia. This places it after the events of Star Trek IV, as Kirk had not been demoted yet. Combine this with Uhura's distinctive hair (As noted by @NKCampbell in comments and excellent answer), and you can place it after IV and before VI (As seen with Uhura's hair in this photo).

You can also look at the design of the bridge screens. As seen in this photo for the bridge for the Enterprise at the time of Star Trek IV, it is much more bulkhead and "TV" type screens:

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Compare this with an image from the bridge during Star Trek V:

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This image shows the captains chair with arms and angled controls at the end:

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As compared to the captain's chair from ST III/IV:

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OUT OF UNIVERSE

This is a publicity photo from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

The timeline for Star Trek at Memory Alpha gives the stardate as 8454.1, or Earth Date 2287.

So presumably, even though this is an out of universe publicity still, it is intended to be a voyage/mission photo from the shakedown cruise of the NCC-1701-A. (Much as NASA has been doing for decades) with a stardate as noted above.

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    Any citation of the first sentence? Googling "publicity photo from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" doesn't help. – Lobo Oct 9 '17 at 17:03
  • @ChristieRomanowski - Apologies, you need to know some of the theater lingo. Search for "Star Trek Final Frontier Publicity Still" or substitute "Lobby Card" for the publicity still. Or you can drag/drop it into the google images site search bar. – JohnP Oct 9 '17 at 17:27
  • Googling "Star Trek Final Frontier Publicity Still" also didn't help. Reverse image search also fails. It only says about Star Trek: Beyond thing.. – Lobo Oct 12 '17 at 21:53
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    @ChristieRomanowski - third row center image – JohnP Oct 12 '17 at 21:56
  • Yes, "Star Trek Final Frontier Lobby Card" worked: 68.media.tumblr.com/52358eb51cb9588e6cde314387e3d3da/… Thanks! – Lobo Oct 12 '17 at 21:57
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As JohnP's answer states, the image in question is from an out-of-universe cast photo from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

The question is asking though, what clues in the image itself can be used to determine what time period the image was taken?

I propose that we can use Uhura's hairstyle as the primary clue. Specifically, the amount and particular style of gray hair she has.

For example - in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - she has little to no gray at all:

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In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, her hair color is essentially the same as that in Star Trek IV:

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Yet, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is the only time we see Uhura with this particular style and amount of grey hair:

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So - from an in-universe perspective only, we can assume that this image was taken sometime after the events of Star Trek IV and before the events of Star Trek VI (in other words: roughly around the tine of Star Trek V)

Additionally, Sulu has white undergarments in Star Trek VI, so the image can be assumed to be prior to his captaincy of Excelsior

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    You can also use Kirk's rank insignia on his uniform, as I noted in my answer. +1 on the Hair comparison. – JohnP Oct 9 '17 at 17:47
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    and Sulu's uniform @JohnP (which I've updated) – NKCampbell Oct 9 '17 at 17:49
  • Nice. I was just about to look at that as well. Another +1 for you. :) – JohnP Oct 9 '17 at 17:49

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