The first ship of Star Trek is being exhibited in Washington

The first ship of Star Trek is being exhibited in Washington

USS Enterprise NCC-1701 is a starship in the Star Trek media franchise. It is the main setting of the original Star Trek television series (1966–1969) and several Star Trek films, Under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, the Enterprise carries its crew on a mission to explore strange, new worlds and new civilizations to boldly go where no man has gone before”.

The original USS Enterprise / Image: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Matt Jefferies designed the Enterprise for television, and its core design components – a saucer-shaped primary hull, two outset engine nacelles, and a cylindrical secondary hull – have persisted across several television and film redesigns.

The vessel’s original appearance influenced the design of subsequent franchise spacecraft. The model filmed for Star Trek has been on display for decades at the National Air and Space Museum. The Enterprise has repeatedly been identified as one of the best-designed and most influential science fiction spacecraft.

USS Enterprise filming model / Image: TrekCore

Featured Image: USS Enterprise NCC-1701

Websites: airandspace.si.edu, intl.startrek.com



 


 

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