Life Span: about 200 years
Warp capable: Yes, 320 AD
Borg Designation: Species 3259
Environmental requirements: M class
Telepathic abilities: Yes, by touch
Federation Status: Founding Member
First Encountered: First Contact occurred on Earth in Bozeman Montana, April 5, 2063
Blood Coloration: green
Distinctive Features: Pointed ears
Known members: Spock (half human), Tuvok, Sarek, T’Pol, many others
First Contact between Vulcans and Humans came on April 5, 2063 when a Vulcan survey ship detected the warp flight of Zefram Cochrane’s Phoenix. The Vulcans met with Cochrane at his launch site on the day following the flight. This was human’s first official contact with and alien species.
The Vulcans were touch telepaths, known for the The Vulcan mind meld. This was a telepathic link between two individuals, allowing for the exchange of thoughts, thus in essence allowing the participants to become one mind. The initiator placed the tips of his fingers at key locations on the head of the other participant.
Vulcans were known for their high degree of honesty. They were extremely reluctant to tell a lie, and indeed it was said that “Vulcans could not lie”. However, they would do so for what they perceived as logical reasons, though they rarely referred to their dishonesty as “lying.”
The Vulcan salute was a hand gesture used by Vulcans. It involved holding the palm of one hand outwards while placing the fingers in a “V” shaped by separating the middle and ring fingers, while keeping the others together, with the thumb extended. The salute was part of both Vulcan greetings and farewells. The formal phrase associated with the salute in both cases was “Live long and prosper.”