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The Picasso (SB11-12011) was a Federation Class F shuttlecraft that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-23rd century, attached to Starbase 11 in the 2260s.

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In 2267, the Picasso flew close to the USS Enterprise while a new ion pod was installed on the ship. (TOS: "Court Martial")

Later that year, after Commander Spock commandeered the USS Enterprise, Captain James T. Kirk, along with a Talosian illusion of Commodore José I. Mendez, took the Picasso to pursue him. After the shuttle ran out of fuel, Spock towed the Picasso into the shuttlebay. (TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I")

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Shuttlecraft One

Original appearance of Shuttlecraft 1

The name Picasso and the shuttlecraft's registry number were derived from the 2006 remastered version of "The Menagerie, Part I". In the episode as originally aired, the shuttle was named simply Shuttlecraft 1, and was a re-use of the Enterprise shuttlecraft Galileo that appeared several times in recycled footage to represent other shuttles throughout TOS. In this case, the reuse of the Galileo studio model was in keeping with the episode's final draft script, which simply referred to it initially as "REDRESS GALILEO SEVEN". However, the same teleplay also specified the shuttlecraft was to be referred to, in dialogue, as "Star Base Shuttlecraft Four", despite this line ultimately being changed to refer to it as number one instead.

The Picasso was named for artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and David Rossi's cat. (Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 145)) Ironically, the real Picasso was not particularly impressed with space exploration. When asked about the Apollo 11 moon landing, the day after it occurred, Picasso was quoted as saying, "It means nothing to me. I have no opinion about it, and I don't care." [1]

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