While Skywalker Ranch in California is truly the epicenter of all things Star Wars, our own community here in Central Florida has become a seeming spaceport of all things from the Galaxy Far, Far Away (I even include this blog, which fulfills the “wretched hive of scum and villainy” quota). With Star Wars Celebration VI, the Orange County Regional History Center’s Galaxy Encounters Day, and last weekend’s Star Wars Reads Day, Orlando seemingly can’t get enough X-Wings and lightsabers.
Opening this weekend, and running for a limited time, is the traveling exhibition Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. Officially licensed by Lucasfilm, the exhibit blends the world of Star Wars fiction with science fact. The game brings props and costumes representing all six of the films, as well as exhibits which showcase real-world technologies either already in use or in development that can lead to some Star Wars technology becoming reality.
Among some really cool exhibits is Luke’s actual landspeeder used in the filming of Star Wars (or “Episode IV”) and a full-size replica of the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.
The exhibit is set to open on Saturday. If you’re a member of the Orlando Science Center, you get some special privileges this weekend. From 8-10am on Saturday and Sunday, members get free access to the exhibit (reservation required). During the rest of the run, members receive discounted admission prices.
The exhibition is only a temporary installation, tentatively set to close on April 7th, 2013. So, if you’re a Star Wars fan, grab your cloak and lightsaber and head down to the Science Center.
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination opens this Saturday, October 13th, at the Orlando Science Center. Note that admission to the exhibition is an additional cost to entrance to the museum.