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Tedd Florendo, Reporter

Star Trek The Experience Boldly Goes to Final Frontier

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Russell Giles, Star Trek: The Experience Manager Russell Giles, Star Trek: The Experience Manager
Elizabeth Cano, on the left, has watched "Star Trek" since age 7. Elizabeth Cano, on the left, has watched "Star Trek" since age 7.
Star Trek The Experience is making its final journey Monday night at the Las Vegas Hilton. Star Trek The Experience is making its final journey Monday night at the Las Vegas Hilton.

It's entertained millions of "Star Trek" fans across the galaxy. Star Trek The Experience is making its final journey Monday night at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Word of the shows final moments has thousands of Trekkies heading there at warp speed for one last alien encounter.

SLIDESHOW: 2008 Star Trek Convention

Rumor of the shows closing has drawn thousands of Trekkies to Las Vegas for months now. The last show though is at 8 p.m. Monday. But the legacy of "Star Trek" will always live long and prosper.

Captains log... Star date 09.01.08. The cast and crew of Star Trek The Experience meet for a pep talk before their big intergalactic performance.

Since 1998, over three million people have walked through the Starship Enterprise. Monday marks its final voyage.

"I've been snarling at people for 10 years." Actor Mark Weitz has donned his Klingon getup since the show started in 1998

Klingon, Andorian, Ferengi -- they're all one big alien family in the makeup room.

"I'll be here all day until the end," said one Trekkie fan.

Hundreds of Trekkies lined up at the entrance. Fans have come as far away as Australia. Two flew in from Montreal Sunday night.

"I've been a Trekkie since I was 7. My mother rode in to save the original series, set me in front of the TV for "Encounter at Farpoint" and I've been hooked since," said Elizabeth Cano.

"There are people here who come year after year. They are people who feel Star Trek has cured them of cancer and people who feel Star Trek has made them whole again," said Russell Giles, Star Trek: The Experience Manager.

It's the final frontier -- for this epic show. The cast and crew will now be decommissioned. And for the fans of Star Trek, it's a chance to raise one last glass of Romulan Ale to say -- "engage."

There are millions of dollars worth of props and equipment in Star Trek The Experiences show -- all of it will be shipped back to Hollywood where Paramount Pictures will keep it all in a warehouse until maybe another Star Trek Experience reinvents itself.

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