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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 the mask originally worn by the character Michael Myers in the 1978 film Halloween was actually a Captain Kirk mask? The mask was spray-painted white, given teased out hair, and reshaped eye holes. It was chosen because the low-budget production could not afford to make its own mask and the Kirk mask had an emotionless look to it.

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1930
Rhodes Reason is born.
1935
Herman Zimmerman is born.
1937
Elinor Donahue is born.
1946
Mary Jo Slater is born.
1954
V.E. Mitchell is born.
Tony Plana is born.
1963
Tim Ransom is born.
1965
Tad Atkinson is born.
1967
First script draft for TOS: "Metamorphosis" is submitted.
1968
Ashley Judd is born.
Story outline for TOS: "Spectre of the Gun" is submitted titled "The Last Gunfight".
1969
The Third UK Story Arc concludes in Joe 90: Top Secret #14 with the fourth of four installments.
1980
Charles Seel dies.
1988
The score for TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris" is recorded at Paramount Stage M, conducted by Ron Jones.
1991
Fourth day of filming on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
1993
Sixth day of filming on TNG: "Descent".
1994
Sixteenth day of filming on Star Trek Generations.
1995
Seventh day of filming on DS9: "The Adversary".
1996
Tenth day of filming on Star Trek: First Contact.
2000
VOY: "Live Fast and Prosper" airs.
2001
George F. Slavin dies.
Unknown
Robert Tyler is born.

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