Monday, June 6, 2011

These Are The Voyages

One of the Star Trek exhibit halls under construction near the entrance to the KSCVC bus tours. Another exhibit will be in the IMAX theater building.

Space, the final frontier ...

Florida Today reports that the Star Trek exhibit will open June 11 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

On Saturday, "Star Trek: The Exhibition," will begin a four-month run, including a massive display of sets, costumes and gadgets like phasers and communicators from more than four decades of "Star Trek."

Visitors will get to sit in the chair that Capt. James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, sat in when commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise, one of the artifacts that's part of an exhibit replicating the iconic command bridge set from the original "Star Trek" television series.

They also can take a five-minute simulator ride, called "The Star Trek Shuttlecraft Simulator Adventure."

I've been watching this closely. In the late 1980s - early 1990s, I worked free-lance with several companies who had licenses to produce Star Trek memorabilia, so I was often on the Paramount Studios lot and occasionally visited the sets.

I'm told that many of the artifacts to be displayed came from the defunct Star Trek: The Experience attraction at the Las Vegas Hilton. I visited the Hilton many times while in town or just passing through, so I'm looking forward to seeing how many items I recognize.

I shot the above photo last week while visiting KSCVC. The original graphic designs were created by Mike Okuda for Star Trek: The Next Generation. The graphics on the windows of the KSCVC exhibit have several of his in-jokes from many years ago. Look for references to Back to the Future and Buckaroo Banzai. The letters on the "touch buttons" are the first few letters of the first and last names of people who worked on ST:TNG.

KSCVC already has the Star Trek Live show. Originally intended for a short 2010 run, it's become so popular that it's been extended through the end of 2011 and who knows after that. I hope that the Star Trek exhibit finds a permanent home too at KSCVC. What better resting place for artifacts from the final frontier.

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