See LLNL’s NIF in Star Trek: Into Darkness

Star Trek: Into Darkness Movie PosterThis weekend the new Star Trek movie opened and while the new reboot of the franchise will never be the same as TOS or TNG, I’m still a huge fan. Yes, I’m a big sci-fi geek and I’m sure my name helped influence it a little bit, but I just can’t pass up catching Star Trek: Into Darkness on opening day, especially at the Livermore Cinemas.

Why watch it in Livermore you ask?


They filmed parts of the movie at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility, also known as NIF. I mean what better place to film science fiction than a place where there is the most advanced real world science going on. I had my theory about what they’d use NIF for in the film, and I was right. It’s engineering and the warp core of the starship Enterprise.

Star Trek: Into Darkness TicketsWhat what?!?

Yep, Livermore is home to the to the Warp Drive of the USS Enterprise. How cool is that? Talk about a Livermore claim to fame.

I walked into the movie a little skeptical on how it’d turn out. There is much more action than you’d expect from Star Trek, but I walked out pleasantly surprised. It was a good movie and definitly worth watching on the big screen.

For more info, check out this article on Of course check out this awesome high 35k resolution 360 degree view of the warp drive… ehm, NIF and some behind the scenes photos at

To see how it turned out in the movie, you can buy your tickets at

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