Kennedy Space Center, Fla. (June 11, 2011) – Experience the maiden voyage of Sci-Fi Summer: Where Science Fiction Meets Science Fact. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex launched Sci-Fi Summer on June 11, 2011, a celebration of the last 50 years of human spaceflight and science fiction during this limited-time exhibition. Sci-Fi Summer blends the technology, innovation and exploration of NASA with the adventures of Star Trek, one of the most popular science fiction entertainment franchises worldwide.
Sci-Fi Summer, sponsored by Mad Science®, TripAlertz.com and XCOR Aerospace, features STAR TREK: THE EXHIBITION, STAR TREKTM LIVE, Star Trek Shuttlecraft Simulator Adventure and more than $300,000 in prizes June 11 through September 5. Guests will have the opportunity to win a trip to space in the Launch of a Lifetime Sweepstakes. Also appearing at Sci-Fi Summer is B9, known as the “Robot” from the 1965 television series “Lost in Space” and Max Q, a talking robot who speaks about groundbreaking achievements of robots in space exploration.
“Sci-Fi Summer weaves science fiction elements with powerful stories of real-life space exploration for a dynamic experience,” said John Stine, Director of Sales and Marketing at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “By coupling the awe-inspiring reality of human spaceflight as presented by the Visitor Complex with STAR TREK: THE EXHIBITION, the future possibilities of traveling among the stars are presented to inspire the young and young at heart to support the exploration of space.”
Appearing for the first time in the southeast, STAR TREK: THE EXHIBITION, from EMS Exhibits, Inc., is an interactive exhibit of authentic Star Trek artifacts from the past 45 years, featuring one-of-a-kind costumes, props and filming models from every Star Trek television series and feature film. Together these components offer Star Trek fans and novices alike an opportunity to experience first-hand the imagination, artistry, technology and meticulous craftsmanship that have made Star Trek the most enduring science fiction franchise in history. Go deep within the Star Trek universe to discover the history of this ground-breaking series and a recreation of the U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge from the original series, where visitors may sit in the command chair of Star Trek’s most famous captain: James T. Kirk. Sit in the Captain’s chair, see the actual props and costumes used in the TV series’ and films, and enjoy one-of-a-kind displays, including Engineering and Sick Bay replica sets from Star Trek: The Next Generation, interactive kiosks, rare photo opportunities and unique adventures.
Mad Science’s STAR TREK LIVE, based on the popular science-fiction franchise, is a thrilling journey for audiences of all ages. Special effects, audience interaction and an exploration of real space-age technology take everyone on an unforgettable journey through the Star Trek universe. STAR TREK LIVE introduces a world of discovery by combining science with entertainment to teach and encourage scientific literacy. In the show, the audience portrays new Starfleet cadets assembled for the first day at the Starfleet Academy led by its best and brightest. The new cadets will have to learn quickly the intricacies of living and working in space, modern space travel and the latest in communication and technology.
Resistance is futile onboard the Star Trek Shuttlecraft Adventure Simulator. The Borg are back and they are after mankind. The adventure begins onboard the Starfleet Shuttlecraft Hawking on a mission to save Earth from Borg assimilation. The mission: deliver a captured data node to Tranquility Base on the moon.
Guests can participate in the “Mission to Win” more than $300,000 in prizes that will be given away from June 11 through September 5. Guests will receive a Mission Log upon entering and journey throughout the Visitor Complex in a quest to find answers to eight questions covering U.S. manned space flight and Star Trek, one of the greatest science fiction franchises.
Prizes include admission tickets, annual passes, Lunch With an Astronaut, Astronaut Training Experience tickets, merchandise certificates for The Space Shop and two trips to suborbital space sponsored by TripAlertz.com and XCOR Aerospace. Two individual tickets will be drawn for a suborbital trip aboard the XCOR Aerospace Lynx Mark 1 with space shuttle astronaut Colonel Rick Searfoss as the pilot, including space flight training. Each package includes one suborbital trip to space for the individual winner plus two round trip airline tickets for the winner and companion, hotel accommodations, car rental, select meals and special activities. Complete contest rules can be found at KennedySpaceCenter.com.
For more information about Sci-Fi Summer, visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com/sci-fi-summer or call 877-313-2610.
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About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season. The Visitor Complex is open daily except December 25 and certain launch days. Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX®
space films, Astronaut Encounter,STAR TREKTM LIVE,
Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®
, featuring historic spacecraft and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, open from noon until 6:00 p.m. daily. Parking, wheelchairs, strollers and pet kennels are free of charge. Admission is $43 + tax for adults and $33 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander's Club Annual Pass is $56 + tax for adults and $46 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com
About EMS Exhibits
EMS Exhibits, Inc., a division of Event Marketing Service GmbH, in Vienna, Austria is the official international booking agent & promoter of CSI: The Experience. Since its founding in 1993 by Rahofer, EMS Exhibits has led successful promotional and marketing campaigns for such world-class exhibits as National Geographic's Tutankhamun and the World of the Pharaohs, as well as produced shows such as EMS's own Leonardo Da Vinci: Man – Inventor – Genius, The Barbie Story and World of Games.
About The Mad Science Group®
is the world’s leading fun science brand. Its entertaining and engaging productions spark the imagination of children and family audiences with shows conducted in amusement parks, theme parks, fairs, schools, camps and homes. Based in Montreal, Canada, the Mad Science Group has developed more than 200 hours of original science content with over 2,000 interactive activities delivered by an extensive network of 150 franchises across 20 countries and 5 continents. Mad Science Productions®
, a division of the Mad Science Group conducts large-scale touring stage shows. Mad Science conducts a quarter million presentations a year, for 5 million customers. Visit www.madscience.org