Star Trek Into Darkness won't be released in North America to general audiences until May 16th.
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The long range sensor lab was a facility at Starfleet Academy.
In 2258, Cadet Nyota Uhura was tracking solar systems in the long range sensor lab, whereupon she picked up an emergency transmission from a Klingon prison planet, indicating an armada of 47 Klingon ships had been destroyed. It was later determined that the ships were destroyed by the Romulan mining vessel Narada, a piece of information which would prove critical in the Enterprise's subsequent battle against the ship. (Star Trek)