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Constitution class model

The eleven-foot model

During the production of the Star Trek television shows, most notably Star Trek: The Original Series, numerous studio models were created representing the Constitution-class, in particular the USS Enterprise, more than for any other class of starship. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, advances in technology have resulted in digital versions that were added to the array of models used in the Star Trek franchise.

As art director on the original series, Matt Jefferies was given the assignment to design the Enterprise itself. His only guideline was Gene Roddenberry's firm list of what he did not want to see: any rockets, jets, or fire-streams. The starship was not to look like a classic, and thus dated, science-fiction rocket ship, but neither could it resemble anything that would too quickly date the design. Somewhere between the cartoons of the past and the reality of the present, Matt Jefferies was tasked with presenting a futuristic design of his own.

The theory that space could be warped – a hypothetical means of faster-than-light travel – had first been proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905. Years later, Star Trek itself would establish that Zefram Cochrane had first demonstrated warp drive in 2063. In the 1960s, however, warp drive – a delicately balanced, intricate web of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and mystery – initially perplexed Matt Jefferies.
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Did You Know that John Billingsley tried to get his wife Bonita Friedericy a role on Star Trek: Enterprise as one of his character's wives, but was unsuccessful? She did appear as Rooney, a Human scientist, in "Regeneration" though.

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Today in Trek history

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1897
Charles Seel is born.
1930
Tom Klunis is born.
1952
Robert Towers is born.
1954
Gavan O'Herlihy is born.
1955
Kate Mulgrew is born.
1966
The undeveloped story outline, "The Web of Death" by William Shatner is submitted.
1971
Mark Casimir Dyniewicz is born.
1972
Derek Mears is born.
The Twenty-Ninth UK Story Arc continues in Valiant & TV21 #31 with the ninth of eleven installments.
1986
Forty-seventh day of filming on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
1988
The score for TNG: "Conspiracy" is recorded at the Universal Studios Scoring Stage.
1989
Lucille Ball dies.
1991
TNG: "The Drumhead" airs.
Tenth day of filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
1994
Bill Quinn dies.
Twenty-fourth day of filming on Star Trek Generations.
1996
DS9: "The Muse" airs.
VOY: "The Thaw" airs.
Sixteenth day of filming on Star Trek: First Contact.
1997
DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire" airs.
1998
DS9: "The Reckoning" airs.
VOY: "Living Witness" airs.
Twenty-second day of filming on Star Trek: Insurrection.
2009
Marl Young dies.
IDW's Star Trek Omnibus volume 1 is released.
2012
Joel Goldsmith dies.

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