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Standing on the Bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise [VIDEO]

By Louis Trapani - Posted on 23 October 2012

Enterprise D and Bird of Prey

There's nothing quite like it. It was August 2008, just two weeks before the closing of the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas, NV and there I was standing on the bridge of the starship Enterprise. It's an incredible feeling for a life-long Star Trek fan. Now this was the bridge of the Galaxy Class starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D as featured on Star Trek: The Next Generation, not the original bridge from the original series, but it was no less exciting at the time. 21 years after we first saw Captain Picard command from it, relaunching Star Trek back on television, there I was standing on what seemed to be an exact replica of the television set.

My biggest regret and disappointment from the experience was that I was not allowed to photograph it. Come on guys, this was two weeks before the Star Trek Experience was going to close in Vegas, what difference would it had made if I took some pictures? It wouldn't had deter anyone from paying the admission to see it in person in its final two weeks. But alas, I have no photos of my experience being on the bridge except those images ingrained in my mind forever now.

Knowing that it was all going away in two weeks made it even more meaningful because I knew this might be the last time I had such an experience.

If you are not a Star Trek fan, I know I am sounding like what you might call "an ultimate nerd" now, but then again, if you are not a fan, I doubt you would still be reading this now.

So this goes out too all Trek fans (whether you call yourself Trekkers, Trekkies, or just fans), whether you have ever stood on the bridge of your favorite starship or not, there is hope now that you will and you can make a difference in making it a reality again.

There is an effort to restore the Enterprise D bridge in a very exciting way. There is a Kickstarter campaign to help it. There is no sense in me explaining it, watch the video below. Then head over to their Kickstarter page to make a contribution if you can. "Make it so!"

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