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Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration
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Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration
September 8, 2016 — September 10, 2016

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Ave at 6th St., SW
Washington DC, United States
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Celebrate 50 Years of Star Trek with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

50-Logo-Concept-4D_AppvdOn September 8, 1966, Gene Roddenberry launched a television phenomenon that would forever change the face of science fiction. Star Trek: The Original Series followed the 23rd-century, interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew of the Federation Starship Enterprise.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is inviting fans to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary with three nights of special events that will explore the history of the science-fiction franchise and its role in inspiring generations of real scientists, innovators and explorers. The celebration includes a screening of the first Star Trek episode, The Man Trap, on September 8th, the Boldly Go 50 Celebration on September 9th, and a Star Trek-centric 21-and-over program on September 10th.

The Star Trek 50th anniversary celebration is sponsored by the Roddenberry Foundation. Additional support provided by Adam Schneider.

“We are incredibly excited to be joining the Smithsonian in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and the impact the show has had on millions of people around the world,” said Rod Roddenberry, chairman of the Roddenberry Foundation. “I think my dad would have been overjoyed to know that the fans and the broader public will be gathering and honoring this occasion and revisiting what made the show so special and what was so important to him- the celebration of diversity, tolerance, and respect for all life forms.”

Celebrating “The Man Trap”

What: Celebrating “The Man Trap”
Date: Thursday, September 8th
When: 8:00pm
Where: National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC and
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Cost: FREE, Tickets Required.

Museum visitors can celebrate the moment of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary with special screenings of the first episode aired, “The Man Trap,” timed to the show’s 1966 timeslot in the IMAX theaters in Washington, DC and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.  The screenings will be introduced live in DC and by simulcast to VA by the museum’s curator of social and cultural dimensions of spaceflight, Margaret Weitekamp, Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and Bjo and John Trimble, two of Star Trek’s founding fans. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.


Boldly Go 50 Celebration 

What: Boldly Go 50 Celebration
Date: Friday, September 9th
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Where: National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Cost: FREE. No tickets or advance registration required for Museum entry. Tickets are required for documentary screenings.

The museum will stay open late for a night of activities celebrating all things Star Trek. Attendees can visit the original 11-foot-long studio model of the Starship Enterprise used in all 79 episodes in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, participate in a Star Trek costume contest, listen to special presentations in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery, view new Star Trek documentaries, fun photo-ops and more!

Star Trek Documentary Screenings in the Lockheed Martin IMAX:
8:00pm –Building Star Trek
9:15pm – For the Love of Spock


Museum Moonshine: Star Trek in Our Lives

What: Museum Moonshine
Date: Saturday, September 10
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Cost: $35 Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Note: Participants must be 21 or over. Valid ID required for entry.

mmstiolSci-fi fans and garden lovers unite for a Star Trek-centric 21-and-over program from National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian Gardens, exploring the recent conservation of the Enterprise model and the work of the North American Orchid Conservation Center. Activities include selfie stations with a botanic oasis inspired by Star Trek’s set designs, sky gazing with staff from the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, displays from Smithsonian Garden’s orchid collection, Star Trek-inspired treats, and talks with special guests.



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About The Roddenberry Foundation

The Roddenberry Foundation was created by Rod and Heidi Roddenberry, to build on Gene’s legacy and philosophy, to drive social change and improve the lives of people around the world. The Foundation is launching new global initiatives on September 8, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.



Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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