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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 Michael Dorn has the most 'regular cast' appearances of any actor in the Trek franchise, spanning five movies and eleven television seasons across two series?

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Today in Trek history

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1905
Eve Smith is born.
1931
Noble Willingham is born.
1940
Anthony Call is born.
Larry Hankin is born.
1946
Rick Parker is born.
1953
Dawn Roddenberry is born.
1958
Leslie Shatner is born.
1966
Edward K. Milkis joins the Star Trek production team as an assistant to associate producer Robert H. Justman.
The score for TOS: "The Naked Time", composed by Alexander Courage, is recorded.
1977
Joseph Mell dies.
1978
Nineteenth day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1983
Thirteenth day of filming on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
1987
Fourth day of filming on TNG: "Lonely Among Us".
1989
Fifth day of filming on TNG: "The Bonding".
Revised final draft script for TNG: "Booby Trap" is submitted.
1992
Tenth day of filming on DS9: "Emissary".
1993
Third day of filming on TNG: "Dark Page".
2000
Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Flesh and Blood".
2001
Second day of filming on ENT: "Breaking the Ice".
2004
Sixth day of filming on ENT: "Cold Station 12".
Star Trek: The Original Series season 1 DVD released in Region 1.
Pocket TNG novel A Time to Heal published.
2007
Jerry Bono dies.
2010
Rebecca Neason dies.
Millicent Wise dies.
2012
Rosemarie Baio dies.

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