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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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Today in Trek history

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1918
Michael Strong is born.
1919
Jack Hayes is born.
1927
Elizabeth Hoffman is born.
1936
John Jefferies is born.
1945
Louis Giambalvo is born.
1953
Rocco Sisto is born.
1955
Ethan Phillips is born.
1956
Lynn Meneses is born
1967
Fourth day of filming on TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever".
1968
Mike Massa is born.
Nancy Anna Brown is born.
1969
The First UK Story Arc continues in Joe 90: Top Secret #4 with the fourth of six installments.
Karl Wiedergott is born.
1972
Big Show is born.
1988
TNG: "Too Short a Season" airs.
1991
Third day of filming on TNG: "Qpid".
1993
TNG: "Face of the Enemy" airs.
1995
Eighth and final day of filming on VOY: "State of Flux".
1996
Final draft script for DS9: "Shattered Mirror" is revised.
1999
DS9: "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night" airs on Sky One in the United Kingdom.
2000
Fourth day of filming on VOY: "Live Fast and Prosper".
2002
Forty-fourth day of filming on Star Trek Nemesis.
2005
Third day of filming on ENT: "Demons".
2010
David Froman dies.
Bob Hoy dies.
2012
Twentieth day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.

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