Star Trek: Transporter vs. Today: Subatomic Teleportation
Star Trek starships didn’t need landing gear because people and cargo were usually transported to and from them via teleportation, the process of converting matter into energy, and then back into matter again. (Sometimes the crew used [[xref:http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Shuttlepod|shuttlepods|shuttlepods]], as well.) Though this method of transportation is far beyond the capacity of today’s tech, scientists have successfully [[xref:http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,482264,00.html|teleported information between atoms|Scientist Teleport Matter More Than Three Feet]] that were roughly a meter apart. But given the enormous complexities involved--such as the need to pinpoint the exact location of every atom in the body--Star Trek-style teleportation may be centuries away, or it may never happen.