Star Trek

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A film studio up the road from Jacksonville - in Kingsland, Ga. - invites Star Trek fans to drop by this weekend to sit in the captain’s chair, check out the transporter room and meet some of the Trekkies involved in keeping the series alive online.

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Stage 9 Studios just up the road in Kingsland, Ga. invites Star Trek fans to boldly go where few have gone before.

"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.

His lab's setup in a university basement looks nothing like the slick transporters that rearrange atoms and send them someplace else on Star Trek. Instead, a couple million dollars' worth of lasers, mirrors and lenses lay sprawled across a 20-foot table.

The actor Sir Patrick Stewart is best known in the United States for his roles on stage and on screen. But you might be surprised to learn that the man who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard is chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, a 20,000-student university in England.

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A much anticipated open house this weekend will draw Star Trek fans from far and wide.

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WJCTNews.org's "Hidden Gems" is a new web-only series checking out some of the great places on the First Coast you may not know exist.

Unlike other hidden gems, the people behind Farragut Films would just as soon the actual physical location of their studio in Kingsland, Georgia  remain a mystery.

The sound stage, in a non-descript, 9,600 square foot warehouse in the bend of a dirt road near downtown Kingsland, is home to three Star Trek fan film series:

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The Museum of Science and History (MOSH) was transformed over the weekend into the Museum of Science-and- the-Future as envisioned by the likes of George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry and MOSH Planetarium Director Thomas Webber.