As we reported earlier this week, the Star Trek sequel is in its final stretch of production. The last couple of weeks are being shot inside a very secret facility (perfect for JJ Abrams) in Northern California. This time there will be no spy photos because everything will be indoors, but see below for pictures of the location where they are shooting (possible minor spoilers).
JJ is shooting at GIANT LASER facility at Lawrence Livermore
Previous reports that JJ Abrams has brought his Trek crew to the Lawrence Livermore Lab in Livermore, California have been confirmed by the lab. A spokesperson told the San Jose Mercury news that filming at the lab will be done at the facility and noted that they were not allowing any media in and that there would be "noting on any open road" to see.
A member of Livermore’s Chamber of Commerce added some additional details saying that the filming was taking place at the labs National Ignition Facility (or NIF), home of the world’s biggest laser. Opened in 2009 at a cost of $3.5B, NIF is a research facility that is hoping to make a breakthrough in fusion energy (and Like the USS Enterprise, it is powered by deuterium!). The NIF is capable of directing nearly two million joules of ultraviolet laser energy in billionth-of-a-second pulses to the target chamber center.
Here is a video that explains what the NIF does:
And video of CBS visiting the NIF (where they make Star Trek reference):
Here are some pictures of what you can find inside the NIF:
That all looks sufficiently high tech, but for what?
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