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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 town of Riverside in Iowa has officially laid claim to Captain James T. Kirk, and is even home to a memorial plaque?

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Today in Trek history

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1915
Dick Crockett is born.
1937
Barbara Babcock is born.
1961
James Worthy is born.
1964
John Pyper-Ferguson is born.
1971
The Nineteenth UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #75 with the second of four installments.
1986
Fourth day of filming on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Chekov's escape is filmed on board the USS Ranger (CV-61) today.
1989
First day of filming on TNG: "Q Who".
1991
Seventh and final day of filming on TNG: "The Drumhead".
First day of filming on TNG: "Half a Life".
1992
Second day of filming on TNG: "Imaginary Friend".
1994
DS9: "Playing God" airs.
1995
DS9: "Visionary" airs.
VOY: "Ex Post Facto" airs.
Final draft script for DS9: "Explorers" is submitted.
CIC Video releases The Next Generation TV Movies volume 4 and Deep Space Nine volume 3.2 on VHS in the UK.
1996
First day of filming on VOY: "Basics, Part I".
Final draft script for DS9: "For the Cause" is revised.
1997
Fourth day of filming on DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire".
Last day of filming on VOY: "Worst Case Scenario".
1998
First day of filming on DS9: "Valiant".
First day of filming on VOY: "Hope and Fear".
Final draft script for DS9: "Valiant" is revised.
2000
George Duning dies.
2002
ENT: "Fusion" airs.
Fifty-seventh day of filming on Star Trek Nemesis.
2003
First day of filming on ENT: "Regeneration".
2004
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "Countdown".
2006
John Lendale Bennett dies.
2007
Paramount Pictures sends out their first official press release on Star Trek.
2012
Thirty-second day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.

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