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Photo: To boldly go

On this day in 1976, NASA unveiled Enterprise, it's first space shuttle. Photo: NASA

On September 17, 1976, NASA publicly unveiled its first Space Shuttle Orbiter, Enterprise. It was originally planned to be named Constitution, but a write-in campaign by the fans of the popular TV show “Star Trek” urged the White House to name the shuttle after the Starship Enterprise. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and most of the cast of the show were on hand at the dedication ceremony. Though crucial to the Space Shuttle program, Enterprise never actually flew in space. It is currently the centerpiece of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

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  • RR Anderson

    Where is Shatner ??

  • Andrewbacon

    getting his hair sewn on for “TJ Hooker”

  • Joi Ellis

    A cousin of mine got to attend that event, and he gave me the official press packet he got. I still have it, somewhere. Sometimes I wonder what it might be worth today.

  • Werner Patels

    Great, time-honored picture. Too bad Bill wasn’t there, but in 1976 he was busy battling his demons. But I managed to have a picture taken of me, my wife and the original cast (minus DeForest, who had already died, but Jimmy Doohan was still around – about a year before he too passed away).

    Star Trek has been an inspiration across generations. Look at much of our influential technology today – cell phones, the iPad, etc. — which goes back to ideas hatched by Roddenberry in the 1960s.

  • Lealcharonnat

    W! Dit the people who designed the space shuttle really dressed like that? Way too many bell-bottom pants.