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Museums Showcase 'Starfleet Academy Experience'

Exhibit allows visitors to explore costumes, props, technology

Museums in the United States and Canada are set to explore Gene Roddenberry's final frontier with "Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience."

Celebrating the franchise's 50th anniversary, the exhibit is produced by EMS Entertainment and opens at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, on May 26. Later, it's slated for an appearance at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, followed by more stops at museums throughout the U.S.

Costumes, props and technology will be spotlighted in an all-new interactive experience, with looks at real current and near-future developments behind the science fiction of Star Trek.

"The exhibition offers visitors the chance to experience life as a Starfleet Academy cadet as they attend the Academy's Career Day in the 26th century," officials at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum wrote in a statement. "After student orientation, cadets will visit nine zones focused on the training center's specialties: language, medical, navigation, engineering, command and science. Following these interactions, cadets will be assigned a specialty and a demeanor based on their individual training."

In addition, the New York museum plans many more "Star Trek"-themed events this year, including educational programs, astronomy events and movie screenings.

“Star Trek has had a profound influence on many technologies we use today, and the show continues to inspire new technology and science,” said Christoph Rahofer, CEO of EMS Entertainment. “With 'Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience,' we will present the history of the future and what is envisioned for the future of science and technology.”

Dates for the exhibit's U.S. museum appearances are expected to be released soon.

Roddenberry's "Star Trek" celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, marked by its television debut Sept. 8, 1966, on NBC.

For information, visit starfleetacademytour.com.

Source: Space.com


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