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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 Star Trek: Enterprise's Linda Park once dated Tom Hardy, who portrayed Shinzon in Star Trek Nemesis?

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Today in Trek history

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1924
Gayne Rescher is born.
1935
Charles Picerni is born.
1955
Richard Snell is born.
1966
Third day of filming on TOS: "Space Seed".
First draft script for TOS: "The Devil in the Dark" is submitted.
1967
Third day of filming on TOS: "The Omega Glory".
1968
Seventh (and last) day of filming on TOS: "The Savage Curtain". Battle scenes on Excalbia are filmed today.
1970
The Eighteenth UK Story Arc begins in TV21 & Joe 90 #65 with the first of nine installments.
1973
Blake Lindsley is born.
1975
Brian Vowell is born.
1978
Ninety-fifth day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1988
Forty-eighth day of filming on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
1989
Revised final draft script for TNG: "The Offspring" is submitted.
1990
Fifth day of filming on TNG: "Galaxy's Child".
1991
Seventh day of filming on TNG: "Ethics".
Second unit and insert shots are filmed for TNG: "The Masterpiece Society", TNG: "Conundrum", and TNG: "Power Play".
1994
Seventh and last day of filming on VOY: "Eye of the Needle".
1997
Fourth day of filming on VOY: "Vis à Vis".
Final draft script for DS9: "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night" is submitted.
2000
Seventh day of filming on VOY: "Workforce, Part II".
2001
Jeffrey Alan Chandler dies.
Sixteenth day of filming on Star Trek Nemesis.
2002
Lee Halpern dies.
Fifth day of filming on ENT: "Canamar".
2003
Seventh and final day of filming on ENT: "Hatchery".
2013
Marty Hornstein dies.

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