On McDonald’s Morning Trivia today, I asked of the six original space shuttles, which one never flew a mission in space?
The answer was the Enterprise!
The Enterprise was originally going to be named the Constitution, but Star Trek fans started a write-in campaign to the White House to name to space craft after the ship in the original series. The shuttle was designed to perform test flights in the atmosphere, and was never built to be space worthy.
The article, “How Nerds Named NASA’s Space Shuttle Enterprise,” says Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry as well as most of the principal cast of the original series were on hand as the shuttle rolled out of the building facility on Sept. 17, 1976, as shown here!
(Image: © NASA)
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