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USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A studio model at auction

The eight-foot refit model

The studio models that represented the Constitution-class USS Enterprise were slated to be modernized and redesigned after the production of Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Animated Series. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, digital versions were also used to represent ships of this class in the Star Trek franchise.

Ralph McQuarrie, best known to the public for his stunning production designs for the Star Wars films, was hired by Ken Adam to help develop the designs for the new Star Trek: Planet of the Titans movie, ultimately abandoned to make way for Star Trek: Phase II, the new television series. Although the design used the same elements as the original design, saucer shaped primary hull, warp engine assemblies and a engineering secondary hull, the secondary hull was flattened and wedge shaped, providing a radically different look, one not unlike the Star Destroyers McQuarrie designed for those films.

Their Enterprise design, however, was abandoned, and Roddenberry asked Matt Jefferies to update the famous starship to reflect the refit that would be part of the Phase II-series' back story. During June 1977, Jefferies' re-designed the engine nacelles from tubes to thin, flat-sided modules, and tapered their supports. He also added the distinctive photon torpedo launch ports on the saucer connector.
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Did You Know that Gene Roddenberry wrote lyrics for the theme song to Star Trek: The Original Series in order to secure a partial writer's credit for the song? These lyrics were never recorded as part of the original theme song, but have been included in recordings of the Star Trek theme by other artists, including the rock band Tenacious D, lounge band Love Jones, and Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols.

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Today in Trek history

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1940
Alan Gibbs is born.
1947
Dwight Schultz is born.
1948
John Alvin is born.
1949
Gunter Ziegler is born.
1952
Eugene P. Rizzardi is born.
1957
Denise Crosby is born.
1964
Second day of rehearsals for TOS: "The Cage".
1966
Russell Watson is born.
TOS: "The Menagerie, Part II" airs.
1967
Fourth day of filming on TOS: "Return to Tomorrow".
Revised final draft script for TOS: "Patterns of Force" is submitted.
1971
Brandon Molale is born.
1973
TAS: "The Time Trap" airs.
The Thirty-Seventh UK Story Arc continues in Valiant & TV21 #113 with the seventh of twelve installments.
1978
Seventy-eighth day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Airlock scenes (preceeding Spock's space walk) are filmed today.
1981
Twelveth day of filming on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Design patents for Vulcan shuttle and Star Trek font are issued.
1987
Third day of filming on TNG: "11001001". Among the scenes filmed today are those featuring Riker bumping into Tasha and Worf on their way to a game of Parrises squares.
1993
Leo Shreve dies.
Fifth day of filming on TNG: "Lower Decks".
Final draft script for DS9: "Paradise" is submitted.
1997
Third day of filming on VOY: "The Killing Game". The teaser sequence with Kate Mulgrew dressed up as a Klingon is filmed today.
CIC Video releases The Original Series volume 3.5 on VHS in the UK.
1998
Fourth day of filming on DS9: "Chimera".
1999
VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy" airs.
2003
Fourth day of filming on ENT: "Harbinger".
2004
Third day of filming on ENT: "The Aenar".
2009
Star Trek: Vanguard novel Precipice, by David Mack, is released.
2013
Jim Veilleux dies.

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