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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 the people of Cheron from the original Star Trek episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" were used as the basis for a new version of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet performed by Trekkies?

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Today in Trek history

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1912
Ed Reimers is born.
1922
K.L. Smith is born.
1935
Mike Gray is born.
1950
Dan Gilvezan is born.
1957
Earl Maddox is born.
1961
Victor A. Haddox is born.
1966
Sixth day of filming on TOS: "Shore Leave". Location scenes are filmed at Vasquez Rocks today.
Final draft script for TOS: "The Squire of Gothos" submitted.
1967
Second day of filming on TOS: "The Immunity Syndrome".
A.J. Raitano is born.
1968
Jeffrey Kalmus is born.
1973
Seth MacFarlane is born.
1978
Sunny Hawks is born.
Fifty-eighth day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Last working day of Walter Koenig.
1987
TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before" airs.
Sixth day of filming on TNG: "The Big Goodbye".
Revised final draft of TNG: "Datalore" is submitted.
1988
Twelveth day of filming on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
1990
Musical score for TNG: "Reunion" is recorded.
1992
TNG: "True Q" airs.
Final draft script for TNG: "Ship in a Bottle" is submitted.
1993
Sixth day of filming on TNG: "The Pegasus".
1994
Fifth day of filming on DS9: "Past Tense, Part I".
Third day of filming on VOY: "Parallax".
1995
Star Trek Monthly issue 9 released.
Final draft script for DS9: "Our Man Bashir" is revised again.
1998
DS9: "Rocks and Shoals" airs on Sky One in the United Kingdom.
Final draft script for DS9: "The Emperor's New Cloak" is submitted.
1999
Albert Whitlock dies.
2000
Seventh and final day of filming on VOY: "Lineage".
2004
Third day of filming on ENT: "Observer Effect".
Pocket Books Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers novel Wildfire published.
2007
Tom O'Loughlin dies.
2011
Wyatt Knight dies.

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