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This week at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif., "Star Trek: Exhibition" opens with more than 15,000 square feet of costumes, props, and memorabilia from the legendary science fiction franchise. The exhibit, which is on tour throughout the United States, gives an up-close look at some of the iconic artifacts of our favorite futuristic space civilization.

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George Takei

George Takei, best known as Hikaru Sulu, the helmsman of the U.S.S. Enterprise, spoke at the opening event in San Jose on Tuesday.

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Captain James T. Kirk

This original costume for Capt. James T. Kirk was designed by William Ware Theiss for the first series, which first aired in September 1966.

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USS Enterprise

Inside the exhibit, visitors will see props, sets, and costumes and walk through a life-size replica of the hallways of the U.S.S. Enterprise, complete with the "swooshing" sounds of opening and closing doors heard aboard the classic starship.

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The tools and technology used in the Star Trek series were cutting-edge for the 1960s, but in some cases have inspired technological innovation. Here we see Dr. McCoy's medical kit, with the needleless "hypospray," which used air pressure to inject medication without the use of a needle.

Correction: The name of the needleless tool has been fixed.

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Spanning five television series and 11 feature films, Star Trek is rich with story lines and characters. The History of the Future is a timeline which details the many generations of Star Trek culture.

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Spock

The Starfleet logo on the blue Spock costume, worn by Leonard Nimoy, was designed by William Ware Theiss for the original series.

Correction: The spelling of Leonard Nimoy's name has been fixed.

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Klingons

Costume designer William Ware Theiss and makeup designer Fred Phillips worked on one of the most memorable characters in the Star Trek canon. Klingons were dominant in the galaxy, with a reputation as aggressive yet fiercely honorable warriors.

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George Takei

Goerge Takei sits in the captain's chair on the replica of the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original series.

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Lieutenant Uhura

Lt. Uhura's costume was designed by William Ware Theiss for the original Star Trek series.

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Costumes

Costumes, including those of Romulan officers and Starfleet cadets, line the exhibit, along with weapons, and scale model shuttles used in special effects.

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Data and Sisko

Lt. Commander Data and Capt. Sisko, played by actors, roamed the exhibit hall, enacting scenes in the transporter.

Correction: The captain's name has been fixed.

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Andorians

The Andorians, designed for Star Trek: Enterprise by Michael Westmore, joined with humans, Vulcans, and others to charter the United Federation of Planets in 2161.

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Type II Phaser Pistol

A replica of a prop designed by Matt Jefferies and John Jefferies for the first Star Trek series. The original prop was designed by Wah Ming Chang.

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Klingon's Officer's Baldric Sash

Designed by William Ware Theiss and used in the original Star Trek series, this is a Klingon officer's Baldric Sash, a sword belt worn by high-ranking officials.

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Klingons

Actors dressed as Klingons take over the replica bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the original series.

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Klingon's beaming up!

A Klingon beams aboard the replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise's transporter at the Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif.

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Scotty

Montgomery "Scotty" Scott was the chief engineer onboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and was often called upon to perform some sort of engineering miracle.

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Klingons

A Klingon in San Jose.

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Romulan Pistol

A Romulan Pistol is one of the many futuristic artifacts displayed alongside uniforms, tools, and scale models which make up the Star Trek universe.

Star Trek is a rich world that entertains and influences us today, envisioning the evolution of communications and medicine in its sci-fi tales.

Star Trek: Exhibition, which is scheduled to end in San Jose on January 3, is on tour throughout the country.

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