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Constitution class model

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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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1912
Marc Daniels is born.
1929
Corky Randall is born.
1940
James Cromwell is born.
1952
Steve Leialoha is born.
1954
Mart McChesney is born.
1957
Frank Miller is born.
1958
Susanna Thompson is born.
1961
Sonia Hillios and Julie Caitlin Brown are born.
1962
Richard Starkings is born.
1964
Floyd, Lloyd and Troy Weaver are born.
1967
Jim Moorhouse is born.
Second day of filming on TOS: "Errand of Mercy".
Rewritten draft script for TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever" is initially submitted (see also 30 January).
1972
Alan Gratz is born.
1973
Miho Suzuki is born.
The Thirty-Fourth UK Story Arc continues in Valiant & TV21 #70 with the seventh of ten installments.
1982
Fifty-fifth day of filming on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
1985
Katie Soo is born.
1992
Second day of filming on TNG: "The First Duty" on location at the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant.
TNG: "Hero Worship" airs.
1997
DS9: "The Begotten" airs.
Seventh day of filming on VOY: "Real Life".
1998
First day of filming on DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight".
Seventh and final day of filming on VOY: "Unforgettable".
1999
VOY: "Bride of Chaotica!" airs.
2003
Seventh and final day of filming on ENT: "Judgment".
2004
Third day of filming on ENT: "The Forgotten".
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Special Edition) DVD is released in Region 1.
2005
Second day of filming on ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II".
2007
Remastered version of TOS: "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" airs.
Tige Andrews dies.
Claude Binyon, Jr. dies.
2009
Pocket Books novel A Singular Destiny by Keith R.A. DeCandido is released.
2012
Twelveth day of filming on Star Trek Into Darkness.
Unknown year
Trampas Thompson is born.

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