NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA -- For the next six months, Star Trek fans can climb aboard the bridge where Captain Kirk issued his commands, walk across the Guardian of Forever set that sent characters back in time, and take a look into Captain Picard's quarters. It's all part of "Star Trek - the Exhibition" now on display at the California Aerospace Museum at McClellan Park.
SLIDESHOW: Star Trek Exhibit
"There are artifacts and memorabilia from the first television show all the way through the latest movie," said the Museum's Roxanne Yonn.
Those artifacts include original props and costumes from the seemingly innumerable series and movies based on the characters who first hit the TV screen in 1966. Network executives unaware of the impact the show would eventually have, kept the budget low. Very low.
"If you look closely at it, you can see how these sets were constructed," said Yonn, sitting in the Captain's chair on the original bridge set.
That chair was actually just an office chair fixed up to look like something futuristic. And those colored lights on the control panels sure looked like colored lights: "But on the original show a lot of the buttons were hard candy!"
The Klingons didn't fare much better. The chair from their ship actually was the bucket seat from an automobile and since the character's costume covered it, they didn't even bother to remove the seat adjustment lever!
But the most fun of all may be a visit to the "Transporter Room" where you climb up on the transporter set, say "Beam me up, Scotty!" and then watch on a TV monitor as you dissolve away.
Don't worry, though, you will reappear in a few seconds!