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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 Denise Crosby left Star Trek: The Next Generation before the first season ended because she felt her character was not being given enough to do?

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Today in Trek history

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1924
Sam Rolfe is born.
1941
Andrea Dromm is born.
1951
Cynthia Brian is born.
1969
The New York Times publishes NBC's fall 1969 broadcast schedule. Among the current NBC series slated for cancellation is Star Trek.
1971
Ken Niederbaumer is born.
1991
TNG: "First Contact" airs.
1992
Second day of filming on TNG: "The Perfect Mate".
1993
Filming continues on TNG: "Frame of Mind".
1994
Seventh and last day of filming on TNG: "Bloodlines".
Last day of filming on DS9: "The Maquis, Part I".
1997
Eighth and final day of filming on VOY: "Displaced".
First day of filming on VOY: "Worst Case Scenario".
1998
VOY: "Prey" airs.
Second day of filming on DS9: "The Reckoning".
First day of filming on VOY: "One".
2000
Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Life Line".
2002
Fiftieth day of filming on Star Trek Nemesis.
2003
First day of filming on ENT: "Cogenitor".
2004
ENT: "Doctor's Orders" airs.
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "The Council".
2005
ENT: "Affliction" airs.
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "Terra Prime".

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