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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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Today in Trek history

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1905
John Harmon is born.
1927
Harvey Vernon is born.
1938
Jeri Taylor is born.
1943
Charlene Polite is born.
1944
Nicolas Surovy is born.
1953
David Gibbs is born.
1959
Ben Scott is born.
1966
Seventh (and last) day of filming on TOS: "The Man Trap". This is the first episode to be finished on schedule.
First day of filming on TOS: "The Naked Time".
Steve Firchow is born.
1967
Fourth day of filming on TOS: "Wolf in the Fold".
1972
Leonard O'Grady is born.
1973
The Thirty-Sixth UK Story Arc continues in Valiant & TV21 #92 with the second of sixteen installments.
1974
Ilram Choi is born.
1975
Dan Patterson is born.
First draft script for The God Thing is submitted by Gene Roddenberry.
1995
Bruce Schoengarth dies.
1997
Second day of filming on VOY: "Day of Honor".
1998
Sixty-fifth day of filming on Star Trek: Insurrection.
1999
First day of filming on VOY: "Barge of the Dead".
2000
Seventh (and last) day of filming on VOY: "Unimatrix Zero, Part II".
2003
Third day of filming on ENT: "The Xindi".
2009
Harve Presnell dies.
Pocket TNG novel Losing the Peace, by William Leisner, is released.
2013
Susan Rossitto dies.

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