Jean-Luc Picard: The First Duty Exhibit at Star Trek Las Vegas 2019

Jean-Luc Picard: The First Duty Exhibit

A series of pictures from the Jean-Luc Picard: The First Duty exhibit at the 2019 Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, as part of the promotional push for the upcoming Star Trek: Picard show. The exhibit’s conceit is that these are items curated by Starfleet celebrating Admiral Picard’s career.

While most of the props are reproductions (the originals lost or auctioned off years ago), the uniforms on display were all costumes worn on screen by Patrick Stewart.

Patrick Stewart at Star Trek Las Vegas 2018

For the past few years, we’ve gone to Vegas for vacation, which just happens to coincide with the big Star Trek convention held annually at the Rio. Shortly after William Shatner’s panel on Saturday, the host advised that everyone would want to stay in the room for a big announcement. Alex Kurtzman emerged soon after, and after a brief preamble about Trek’s future on TV, he announced a new show focused on Captain Picard starring Patrick Stewart. Stewart emerged, and well, here you go…

Juvenile Night Heron

Juvenile Night Heron. I believe it’s the black-crowned variety.

A Juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) at the Upland Hills Country Club golf course. Taken at the pond near the 4th tee box area.

Though these birds are common around wetland areas in North America, this is the first one I’ve seen in our neck of the woods. I’m not sure where this juvenile came from, as there were no signs of any others in the area. He disappeared the next day.

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.