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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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1912
Murray Golden is born.
1933
John Winston is born.
1939
F. Murray Abraham is born.
1954
Karen Austin and Wendy Neuss are born.
1955
Charley Lang is born.
1957
John Kassir is born.
1960
John Thaddeus is born.
1966
Fourth day of filming on TOS: "Shore Leave".
1967
Sixth (and last) day of filming on TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion".
1970
The Sixteenth UK Story Arc concludes in TV21 & Joe 90 #57 with the sixth of six installments.
1978
Fifty-sixth day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1979
Michael Twombly is born.
1988
Tenth day of filming on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
1991
Gene Roddenberry dies.
Sixth day of filming on TNG: "Hero Worship".
1992
Post-production special effects scenes of Sisko and Dax crossing the Bajoran wormhole are filmed for DS9: "Emissary". Also, miniature effects shots of the "Hell Planet" are filmed by Robert Legato.
1993
DS9: "Cardassians" airs.
1994
DS9: "Second Skin" airs.
Third day of filming on DS9: "Past Tense, Part I".
First day of filming on VOY: "Parallax".
1995
Eighth day of filming on DS9: "Our Man Bashir".
1996
Second day of filming on DS9: "The Darkness and the Light".
1997
Fourth day of filming on DS9: "Waltz".
Fourth day of filming on VOY: "Hunters".
1999
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion - A Series Guide and Script Library CD-ROM released.
2000
Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Lineage".
2001
ENT: "Terra Nova" airs.
2002
Second day of filming on ENT: "The Catwalk".
2003
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "Chosen Realm".

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