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PARAMOUNT PICTURES GIVES OMSI APPROVAL TO DEVELOP SCIENCE EXHIBIT BASED ON 'STAR TREK' SERIES

 PARAMOUNT PICTURES GIVES OMSI APPROVAL
 TO DEVELOP SCIENCE EXHIBIT BASED ON 'STAR TREK' SERIES
 PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- An opportunity to "boldly go where no one has gone before" will begin when the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) showcases its "Star Trek(R): Federation Science" exhibit, OMSI said today. The $1-million exhibit, which was designed and built by OMSI, will debut Jan. 25, 1992, at the museum's Washington Park facility.
 "Star Trek: Federation Science" coincides with the 25th anniversary of the popular Star Trek television series and the 1992 International Space Year, as declared by both NASA and the United Nations.
 The $1-million exhibit will be the museum's largest ever, with over 40 modular displays covering 6,000 square feet of floor space. Exhibit designers have concentrated on the basic scientific principles, including particle physics, practical astronomy and physiology, that are expected to challenge scientists in the future. In addition, the principles behind propulsion systems, medical science and life support will be intertwined with basic research areas such as the structure of the galaxy, orbits, relativity and planetology.
 The exhibit is divided into several theme areas which will portray science as related to areas on the Starship Enterprise. A thematic representation of the "Bridge" will be the central focus of the exhibit. Work stations, including communications, navigation and other science areas will be included. As visitors leave the Bridge area, they will find themes relating to other areas of the Enterprise, such as Engineering and Sick Bay. A simulation of the Transporter Room will give visitors an opportunity to see themselves being "beamed out" into a different world.
 Exhibits related directly to astronomy and planetology will be located in a Special Science Area. Throughout the exhibit area, visitors will see original Star Trek artifacts, including costumes, tricorders, phasers, communicators, life-size alien models, and scenes from favorite episodes.
 Upon leaving OMSI, "Star Trek: Federation Science" will travel to a minimum of 10 sites throughout the United States. The three-year tour is funded in part by the science centers hosting the exhibit and in part by corporate sponsors committed to public improvement of science and technology literacy. At the completion of the tour, the exhibit will reside in OMSI's new 210,000-square-foot facility on the Willamette River in Portland.
 "STAR TREK: FEDERATION SCIENCE" -- FACT SHEET
 WHERE: The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
 4015 S.W. Canyon Rd., Portland, Ore.
 503-222-2828
 WHEN: Jan. 25 through May 31, 1992
 BACKGROUND: OMSI has designed and produced a new interactive exhibit based on the futuristic themes of Star Trek. The exhibit will be the museum's largest ever, comprised of 6,000 square feet and consisting of a collection of over 40 modular displays. "Star Trek: Federation Science" is scheduled to open at the museum's Washington Park facility in January 1992, which will dovetail with the 25th anniversary of the Star Trek phenomenon as well as the 1992 International Space Year, as declared by both NASA and the United Nations.
 COMPONENTS: Exhibit designers have concentrated on the basic scientific principles expected to challenge scientists in the future.
 Interactive exhibits will invite visitors to explore physics, practical astronomy and physiology.
 Principles behind propulsion systems, medical science and life support will be juxtaposed with basic research areas such as the structure of the galaxy, orbits, relativity and planetology.
 Original Star Trek artifacts, including costumes, tricorders, communicators, phasers and life-size alien models, and scenes from favorite episodes will intermingle within the exhibit.
 Thematic representations of science stations throughout the Enterprise will be included.
 The centerpiece of the exhibit will include a thematic representation of the "Bridge." Work stations, including communications, navigation and other science areas, will be included.
 Other displays will include themes relating to areas on the Enterprise, including Engineering, Sick Bay and a simulation of the Transporter Room.
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 /CONTACT: Michelle Marquart, 503-274-4535, or Monica Cole, 503-274-4539, both of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry/ CO: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry ST: Oregon IN: ENT SU: PDT


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