Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience' at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: A sneak peek
You can now fulfill your lifelong dream of joining the Starfleet
Academy as a cadet at the new "Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy
Experience," which opens at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on
To commemorate the franchise’s 50th anniversary, The Intrepid museum
will also host “Star Trek” movie nights, summer camps, astronomy nights
and “operation slumbers” (overnight museum stays) throughout the summer.
The Paley Center for Media will also showcase the original 2-D and 3-D
art exhibit, “Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years.”
The "Starfleet Academy Experience," produced by EMS Entertainment in
collaboration with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, features a
series of interactive tasks to help you navigate the academy’s
Scroll down for a sneak peek of the academy.
Because the "Star Trek" franchise -- from the 1966 original television series to the 2016 movie "Star Trek Beyond" -- spans several generations, children and grown-ups will both be able to enjoy the interactive exhibition, said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid museum.
Mike Massimino, 53, a former NASA astronaut and current adviser for the Intrepid museum's space programs, said that some of his first memories of television was of "Star Trek." He would watch the show with his brother on Friday nights in the '60s and then he'd watch the reruns later.
"I'm more of the original 'Star Trek' guy," said Massimino, who went on two space shuttle missions to the Hubble Space Telescope in 2002 and 2009.
When the 2009 "Star Trek" movie was released on May 8, Massimino was getting ready for his second flight three days later.
"NASA reached out to Paramount and they were like, 'Oh, the astronauts aren't going to be able to watch your movie. They'll be in space,'" Massimino recalled. "So they signed an agreement to get us a copy ... so we actually watched the movie as a crew on board."
Watching "Star Trek" on space? Nothing could be more perfect.
Other innovative technologies from "Star Trek" include Leap Motion, planet projection mapping and a Medical Tricorder table with RFID sensors.
Takei told amNewYork that "Star Trek" is all about humans finding confidence in their ability to be creative and inventive, "to solve problems, to innovate, to research and put seeming opposites together."
"[It's about] this planet here, with people of many different races, cultures, fates, experiences, backgrounds coming together despite the differences, and seeing the differences as part of our strength and innovating together, inventing together, and boldly going where no one has gone before," Takei said with a chuckle.