Enterprise Bridge Reproduction at STLV 2018

ISS Enterprise Bridge Reproduction

For the last couple of years, a painstaking reproduction of the ISS Enterprise (the Mirror Universe variant of the stalwart ship) has been set-up in the Palma Room at the Rio casino’s convention center. I was able to get some good shots of the bridge set this year, despite the low light conditions and the number of people trying to take pictures themselves (it’s a popular exhibit).

The reproduction itself is amazingly faithful, right down to the thick plastic buttons that don’t really do anything except look pretty when they’re lit-up. It’s the closest you’ll ever get to stepping on the set itself, and I have to tell you, the Captain’s Chair is quite comfortable.

Kennedy Space Center

During our vacation to Orlando to attend Star Wars Celebration 2016, we made an excursion to Cape Canaveral to checkout Kennedy Space Center. It turned out to be the highlight of our vacation. The set-up for shuttle Endeavour is the best we’ve seen so far, and the Saturn V hangar does justice to the most powerful machine ever built by humanity. Below are various pictures of the rockets and spacesuits from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, as well as the space shuttle exhibit itself.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

We decided to head on down to Anaheim on a whim to checkout Star Wars celebration for the day. There was a positive buzz at the convention center in anticipation of The Force Awakens, which looks like a return to the visual style of the original trilogy. We’ve been to several conventions, and the thing that impressed us most about this one in particular was the focus on fan-made creations. Nearly everything except the obvious dealer stalls was made by fans.

Yanks Air Museum

Chino Panes of Fame museum is just a few miles south of us, so we took the day to go check out the aircraft they have on display. All of their aircraft are in hangars, and as far as I can tell, they’re all static display aircraft. From what we saw, all of the aircraft had been lovingly restored to original condition. The museum features aircraft from the Dawn of Aviation up to the present day.