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Monday October 17th, 2016

Emmy Award Winning Special Effects Expert Attending Induction 2016

Panel Session Planned to Discuss Roddenberry Influence

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, October 14, 2016) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce that Emmy Award winning special effects expert David Stipes will be attending the Induction ceremony for Gene Roddenberry on Saturday, November 12. Stipes is a special effects expert who has worked in the industry for more than fifty years, beginning in high school. His credits include Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Battlestar Gallactica, Creepshow, and several Star Trek series. His work on Star Trek: The Next Generation was recognized with two Emmys.

IMAGE: David Stipes on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His special effects work on the series earned him two Emmy Awards. (Photo courtesy of David Stipes.)

David Stipes on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His special effects work on the series earned him two Emmy Awards. (Photo courtesy of David Stipes.)

In addition to attending the Induction ceremony, Stipes will also participate in the Saturday afternoon panel session The Trek Connection: How Gene Roddenberry Changed the World. Joining him will be David Gerrold, author of The Trouble With Tribbles, and Bill Kraft author of Maybe We Need a Letter from God: The Star Trek Stamp. The panel sessions will be held in the New Horizons Theater on the campus of the museum at 1:00 and 3:00. Advance tickets are $10 each and may be purchased on the museum’s website. A limited number of seats are available for each session.

“We’re very pleased that Mr. Stipes is joining us as we honor Gene Roddenberry with induction into the International Space Hall of Fame,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. “His insight into the behind the scenes magic of the special effects that made us believe in Star Trek should truly be fascinating.”

The Induction Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the celebration of the museum’s 40th Anniversary and will feature Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt as guest speaker. Schmitt was the last man, and only scientist, to walk on the moon and is a 1977 Inductee into the International Space Hall of Fame. He attended the museum’s dedication ceremony in 1976 and has remained a strong supporter of the facility.

Dubbed “Cowboys & Astronauts”, the Anniversary Celebration and Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 12 beginning at 6 pm inside the museum. Tickets are on sale now. The cost for non-members is $45 per person or $85 per couple. The cost for museum members is $40 per person or $80 per couple. Purchase tickets online at the museum’s website or contact the museum at (575) 437-2840.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum.