I guess I should say SPOILER ALERT if you haven't seen Star Trek Generations or the reboot films.

In the movie Star Trek Generations, Captain Kirk and Captain Picard meet to defeat Soran. According to the wiki, Kirk captains the Enterprise-B in year 2293 and Picard captains the Enterprise-D in 2371 (78 years later).

Would Captain Kirk have been alive when Picard was alive if he had not gone into the Nexus (per Star Trek Generations)?

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    What is unclear about "Would Kirk have been alive when Picard was alive?" Jan 16, 2015 at 20:59
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    @Chrismas007 - If five people in a row think a question is unclear, it's usually a good sign that the question is unclear.
    – Valorum
    Jan 16, 2015 at 21:10
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    @Richard i thought his original was unclear, but hes right about wondering whats unclear about asking if kirk would have still been alive when picard was alive, im not sure how much clearer it can be asked.
    – Himarm
    Jan 16, 2015 at 21:13
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    @Richard LMK when we ban trivia from the site.
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    Jan 16, 2015 at 21:30
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    Why is the “within the reboot films…” paragraph here? What does the question have to do with the reboot?
    – bdesham
    Jan 16, 2015 at 21:37

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Admiral Dr. McCoy inspects the Enterprise D in the first episode of TNG, he is 137 years old at this point. So I hazard to guess if nothing had happened and Kirk lived a long life he would have possibly been alive when Picard was captain of the Enterprise.

Kirk would have been 72 when Picard was born, so its also not unreasonable that Picard could have meet Kirk as a child, or first entering Starfleet.

Also as ThePopMachine mentions, Dr. McCoy is older then Kirk anyway, which would give Kirk more leeway in age if Dr. McCoy was at the extent of human life expectancy.

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    (also, of course, in Star Trek, anything is possible, so obviously the answer is yes.) :) Feb 4, 2016 at 15:20

Yes he could have. Kirk, if he had lived, would be 130 years old when Capt. Picard took Official Command of the USS Enterprise on Star Date 41148. McCoy was 137 when he toured the Enterprise D. So yes. It could and may still yet happen. The time line is malleable. There are talks about Shatner reprising his role on Picard.

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    This answer doesn't really add anything that hasn't already been mentioned. Feb 21, 2021 at 14:52

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