“Star Trek” fans can finally experience how it feels to be on the Starship Enterprise – thanks to a new exhibition in New York which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the famous television series.
Called “Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience”, it lets visitors step into the role of a Starfleet Academy cadet and learn about different specialties of the academy from communications and medicine to navigation and science.
Actor George Takei played the role of Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek.
“We began in April of 1966 and at that time it was a show that was just beginning. It was a seminal show, really a unique science-fiction show,” he said.
Highlights in the show include Leap Motion, a Medical Tricorder table with RFID sensors and planet projection mapping. Original props and costumes from the TV show are also on display.
“Essentially I hope that when they go through this exhibit, that they will be inspired to test themselves, to become what they would really passionately love. As they say at graduation ceremonies, and this is graduation season, follow your heart, do what fulfills you, do what you really want to do. And by seeing this exhibit they will get a lot of inspiration,” also said the actor.
The exhibition “Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience” runs until the end of October at New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex and next February it will move to the Telus Spark Science Center in Calgary, Canada.