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Star Trek Inspires New NASA Mission Poster + Shuttle Enterprise To Fly Again March 17, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Great Links,Science/Technology,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

Once again life imitates art with NASA looking to Star Trek for inspiration for their new poster for the final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Check it out below, plus news on how Space Shuttle Enterprise is preparing to fly again.

 

The Future Begins (and Ends) for Endeavour

Space Shuttle Mission 134, slated to launch July 29th 2010 will be the final mission for Space Shuttle Endeavour and the second to last mission of the Shuttle program before the fleet is retired later this year. The mission will deliver a number of new components for the International Space Station, including the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (how is that for some Trek sounding tech?). As they do for each Mission, NASA created a special mission poster (primarily used internally) and for STS 134 they were inspired by the latest Star Trek movie, check it out.


Mission Poster for STS 134 (download at nasa.gov )

The poster is an obvious homage to the official banner posters for the 2009 Star Trek movie.


Star Trek 2009 banner which inspired NASA

In recent years NASA has created a number of these kinds of pop-culture referencing posters for Shuttle and ISS Missions, including another Trek-themed poster from one of last year’s ISS Expeditions (see previous TrekMovie report). You can see them at the NASA Space Flight Awareness Page. More info on STS 134 Wiki Page.

Shuttle Enterprise to fly again

Famously NASA’s first space Shuttle prototype was named Enterprise in 1976 after Star Trek fans successfully lobbied NASA. The Shuttle Enterprise was never actually launched into space, but was used for flight tests. The shuttle has been housed at the Smithsonian Institution since 1985. It is currently on display in an annex to the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA.


Shuttle Enterprise introduced in 1976

As noted before the Space Shuttle fleet is being retired this year. According to CollectSpace, one of the orbiters that has been flown in space is expected to take the place of the Enterprise at the Udvar-Hazy Center annex, so the Enterprise will have to be moved. It has not yet been determined where it will be going, but engineers have been inspecting the Enterprise to make sure it is in ship shape and ready to again be ferried atop a modified 747.


Shuttle Enterprise in 2010 being readied to fly again

More details and images of the Enterprise can be found at collectspace.com.

 

Thanks to Robert Pearlman from CollectSPACE

 

Comments

1. Ralph F - March 17, 2010

I remember the day they wheeled the ENTERPRISE out; I was barely 10 but watched in rapt attention to the news that night.

2. Hawaiowa - March 17, 2010

Nice to see the old Enterprise picture with the TOS cast. One of my fave Trek moments was during the premier of the ST:Enterprise when the credits lead-in showed the Shuttle Enterprise being rolled out of the hanger. Sent chills down my spine…

This is good news (not the retirement of the Space Shuttle fleet) as far as the Shuttle Enterprise goes. Hopefully it will wind up in a historically relevant museum instead of being left moldering like so many other NASA vehicles.

3. Gabriel Bell - March 17, 2010

Ralph F., me too. That was fantastic! A great memory as a nine-year-old.

4. D for Me - March 17, 2010

Hopefully it goes to the Air force museum in Dayton. It is a significant part of our aviation history.

5. SirMartman - March 17, 2010

I hope the shuttle “Enterprise” gets a good home, I’ll be looking forward to seeing her in the air,, ( again )

Gee,, Im starting to show my age,, !

Its a shame shes going to lose her spot thou,

6. Capt. Roykirk - March 17, 2010

I wish they could have taken the Enterprise to space, at least 1 time.

Cool STS pic too.

7. Capt. Roykirk - March 17, 2010

Does anyone else thing the mission commander looks a bit like Terry O’quin? (Admiral Pressman/John Locke)

8. Shelby - March 17, 2010

That’s awesome. It would look a lot better with Zachary Quinto in it, but I guess he was unavailable.

9. Trekkie626 - March 17, 2010

I don’t see why the Enterprise is getting replaced.

10. Bob - March 17, 2010

They jumped the gun. They should have waited and named a flying shuttle Enterprise. Of course it could have been the Columbia or Challenger renamed Enterprise and that would have been bad.

11. Martinrd65 - March 17, 2010

I was 11 when the Enterprise flew (well, glided) and remember it well. My brother-in-law’s uncle was a photographer for the White House at the time and I have two official White House photos of President Regan dedicating her and other of her landing. They hang proudly on the same was as my plates of the Enterprise 1701, 1701-A and 1701-D.

As far as the the retirement of the Shuttle fleet, I think it’s a big mistake to leave the USA without its own way to put humans into space or pick them up from the ISS.

That being said, I was at the first Shuttle launch ever when the Columbia took off on April 12, 1981 and I’ll be at the last with my two boys. Nice bookends to the end of an era of manned space flight.

12. jas_montreal - March 17, 2010

the enterprise rises again.

next star trek tv show ship: Enterprise-F

showrunner: Ronald D Moore

sorry about that, the thought just crossed my mind.

13. ster j - March 17, 2010

I actually saw the Columbia fly piggyback around Oklahoma City before it landed at Tinker AFB on the way from California to Florida. I went to the school library on the second story, stood on a bookcase, and plastered myself to the window to get a close-up view. It was a truly amazing sight to see something so large and heavy-looking (Columbia) atop something that looked so fragile (747). AWEsome!

14. MikeTen - March 17, 2010

It’s funny, but the Trek banner has a Asian male, an African woman, a Russian male, A Scot male, two american males, and a vulcan male.

The NASA banner has all white (American?) males. Couldn’t they at least put a woman astronaut on the flight for a little diversity? Or even an all women crew? It would have been nice to see that before the shuttle retires.

15. CmdrR - March 17, 2010

STS-134 will be a sausage fest. They need a hot astronette in a slinky red dress.

Cool that Enterprise will fly again.

16. Xai - March 17, 2010

I followed the link to the missions posters… what fun!

17. Kempec - March 17, 2010

Yes…I remember the live broadcast of the rollout of that shuttle…Man what memories…I was 10 at that time. I also remember seeing it in flight on top of that modded 747. I had to have the model of that plane and shuttle.

18. Anthony Pascale - March 17, 2010

it may be all guys but one of the astronauts is Italian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Vittori

19. Lord Isaiah - March 17, 2010

I’m disappointed that the Enterprise is getting replaced at the Smithsonian. I rather liked Shatner’s talking about the irony of fate that although the Enterprise never flew into space, it was the one preserved for posterity as “the shuttle”. Unfortunately, her fate now is probably to be relegated to some out of the way museum, like the Hill AFB museum while the other “real orbiters” get the glory spots.

Frankly, I’d like to see the Smithosonian or Dayton get the whole lot and display all of them together, so you can go to one place and see all of the surviving vehicles of the program.

20. Gorn Captain - March 17, 2010

I still remember watching one of the flight tests on tv. Pretty dramatic the first time she separated from the 747, and glided down to a landing! The Enterprise did her part for the shuttle program even though she never went into space.

They even had her out at Vandenburg AFB once to test out the launch pad there. Too bad they mothballed the idea of west coast shuttle launches, it would have been cool to see them from in front of my house!

In one of the novels set before TMP, Admiral Kirk gets a ride on the old girl, retrofitted to actually go into space with 23rd century propulsion.

21. Lostrod - March 17, 2010

The sad aside to all this is the fact that America has turned its back on manned space exploration.

The current administration has cancelled previous initiatives to return to the moon and Mars.

We should take this as an opportunity as ST fans to voice a need to make the vision of Star Trek as a future REALITY, not simply science fiction.

When I watched the first episode of ST premier on NBC in the 60’s I had no doubt that I would live to see human colonies on the moon, Mars and beyond.

Now, I’m faced with years of America taking the back seat to Russia, China and India in space exploration. What legacy do my children and grandchildren inherit?

We can fix this if enough of us speak out.

Make it so.

Regards,

Lostrod

22. Sybok's Secret Brother - March 17, 2010

Wow – I remember the test flight of the Enterprise too. What a thrill! I also remember watching the Columbia lifting off for the fist time – it was so fast compared to the Saturn V. I was amazed.

I also remember the loss of the Challenger in 1986 – I was in shock for months afterward. I remember seeing the dedication of Star Trek IV to their crew. I was moved.

Now I am humbled to see this come full circle…

23. DJT - March 17, 2010

What? Shuttle Enterprise should be getting readied for SPACE FLIGHT, not flying coach.

Imagine how many people around the world would stop to see *that*?

She might as well be the original NCC-1701 flying out of spacedock.

C’mon NASA, pimp my shuttle. Pimp it!

24. robowarrior - March 17, 2010

I still think they picked a really crappy shot of Chris Pine for that poster. He looks like he wants to bite someone’s head off.

25. Pyork (JE) - March 17, 2010

Enterprise should fly the last mission.

26. ShinRa Actual - March 17, 2010

Huh. I was wondering what they were doing to Enterprise when I was down at Udvar-Hazy last week. I know a Pad Tech was there (He chatted up a bunch of us before he went to lunch), but he didn’t mention they were planning to move it.

It’s also sad to think that Enterprise might eventually end up back in a warehouse, now.

27. =A= - March 17, 2010

i wish new next generation Enterprise is next for what?

28. Chronos - March 17, 2010

It’d be cool to see the Enterprise at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. They’ve got a number of historical vehicles, and the Henry Crown Space Center.

29. Jim Cude - March 17, 2010

That’s not Locke- that’s the Man in Black!

30. Alf, in pog form - March 18, 2010

NASA III: The Voyage to Irrelevancy

31. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - March 18, 2010

Does anyone have the sneaking suspicion that NASA has purposefully never flown the Shuttle Enterprise into space as a way to spite Star Trek fans? I mean, they weren’t originally planning on naming it “Enterprise,” so somehow, in the back of my mind, I just have the suspicion that never flying it into space is their way of going “Fine, you want to have it named after your stupid fake ship? Okay, but it’s not going into space, haha! See how you like THAT!”

Somehow, just nagging at the edge of my mind, that theory exists…

32. Mr. Styles - March 18, 2010

@TOS Purist

Not Really, see here:

“During the construction of Columbia, details of the final design changed, particularly with regard to the weight of the fuselage and wings. Refitting Enterprise for spaceflight would have involved dismantling the orbiter and returning the sections to subcontractors across the country. As this was an expensive proposition, it was determined to be less costly to build Challenger around a body frame (STA-099) that had been created as a test article. Similarly, Enterprise was considered for refit to replace Challenger after the latter was destroyed, but Endeavour was built from structural spares instead.”

33. Will_H - March 18, 2010

I had my hopes up at first that this Enterprise was getting a refit and was going to be going into space, but oh well. Seems like, especially if the problem was the current 3 being worn out, that could be a solution so at least we’d have some reliable way to get into space until the government pulls their heads out of their asses about the whole thing. Personally I think we need a new fleet of shuttles, ones that are bigger and can carry more cargo, and of course safer. Doubt they’ll do it, though.

34. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - March 18, 2010

@ Mr. Styles (Post #32)

Huh, well I guess my sneaking suspicion was wrong – good to know! :)

35. Disco Justice - March 18, 2010

@Will_H

The current shuttles aren’t worn out, they’re just underfunded. A couple of them badly need some replacement internal parts, but they haven’t received them simply because the program is winding down, and it’s not worth the cost.

36. Crewman Darnell - March 18, 2010

A glorious era soon comes to a close… NASA will be hitch-hiking for Dollars to the International Space Station – and beyond, courtesy of the Russians (and likely Chinese) in the near future. I wish I could have lived to see a Shuttle launch in person. I envy those folks who did, – not to mention the astronauts.

37. AJCrane - March 18, 2010

Rely to #2: The Shuttle Enterprise was “moldering” as you put it. Moldering would be if they decided not to have put the Shuttle on display at all. The Hanger-like building that was designed is one of the largest museums for aviation and has allowed everyone to be able to view the Enterprise. It has been on display for people to view at the new Air and Space Museum Chantilly facilities for nearly five years. Thousands of people have visited and have been able to view the shuttle, including myself. I am saddened that the Enterprise may be leaving our area to go somewhere else. The Endeavor is getting old, but it has been a joy to actually get up close and personal to the Enterprise. Those looking forward to seeing it here in the DC area will miss it. And I do hope that it will be able to be viewed by others in another wonderful location. Though nothing can really replace the Enterprise.

38. AJCrane - March 18, 2010

Correction, I meant to say NOT “moldering.” If would be if NO ONE saw it. The Enterprise is being used for EDUCATION purposes by being on display for people. It is part of history’s Aviation as well as part of our history of Space Exploration.

39. steve t in ny - March 18, 2010

I have an idea. Bring the Enterprise to NY. I’m sure she could fit on the deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid!

40. Deanna - March 18, 2010

Wow! Look at all the white, eurocentric men on that crew. I guess I don’t really care. But that’s pretty unusual in this day and age.

41. Horatio - March 18, 2010

Its a sad year for manned space flight. The government continues its plans to mothball the shuttle fleet with no replacement vehicle even close to being ready to ferry Americans into space.

We’ve jumped the shark, America.

42. John in Canada, eh? - March 18, 2010

Headline is a little misleading. (But a nicely written article.)

I remember the day the Enterprise flew over my house. It did a low-level flyby of the city before landing at the airport, where it was on display for a few days for an air show. The roar was deafening – it sounded as if it was going to land on the next block. That picture of the Enterprise flying over the houses on my street – albeit with a 747 strapped to it – is one of my favourites.

43. Silvereyes - March 18, 2010

I’ve always wondered why Bill Shatner doesn’t appear on that cast pic with the Enterprise. Was he even there? If not, this shows complete disrespect. I love M. Shatner but he should have made the effort of attending, unless he had valid reasons of course.

44. HotStove - March 18, 2010

#11 – I’m pretty sure that the shuttle Enterprise “flew” in 1976 or 1977 – I’d take another look at that picture you have. A long story, but I was in junior high school and remember an oil embargo or shortage that year (gas was .95 a gallon and my mom refused to pay!!!)

45. I'm dead Jim - March 18, 2010

@14 – STS-131 that launches in April will three women on board: One white, one African-American, and one Japanese., plus four dudes. Is that diverse enough for you?

One thing I love about this poster is that there are at least 2 Trekkers on board. Mike Finck (second from left) actually appeared on Enterprise and Greg Chamitoff (far right) often referenced Trek when he was part of the ISS crew and even took some Trek to watch while he was up there.

46. Captain Dunsel - March 18, 2010

Wonder what the Shuttle Enterprise would bring at Christies?

47. I'm dead Jim - March 18, 2010

Oops! I left the “e” off of Mike Fincke. Sorry Mike!

48. Jorg Sacul - March 18, 2010

Here’s the history for you all to enjoy…
http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/resources/orbiters/enterprise.html

49. Buzz Cagney - March 18, 2010

Never did care for the look on Pine’s face in that poster. Makes him look like a psycopath! And to see it repeated on the face of a Shuttle astronaut is even more disturbing- remember, in space, nobody can hear you scream!

50. CaptainRoyMustang170 - March 18, 2010

thats good

51. Dr. Image - March 18, 2010

#21 Lostrod.
I hear you. We need to speak out ASAP, but it may be too late.
The damage has been done. I just cannot understand how people can possibly agree with BO’s arrogant and idiotic decision.
Cool poster though- based on a crappy one.

52. Kirk's Girdle - March 18, 2010

I thought Phil Collins has released a new album.

53. Frederick the Trek Scrapbook Guy - March 18, 2010

I wish the original shuttlecraft Galileo had been preserved instead of being allowed to rot and rust away outside for decades. Just sayin’.

54. Lore - March 18, 2010

How can we afford manned spaceflight when we have to pay for “free” health care for most of the North American continent.

55. Desstruxion - March 18, 2010

I remember watching the Enterprise test flights. Sitting with my dad on the old sofa. I was very little. He told me all about it and how one day people were gonna be living in space and on the moon and such. It’ll never happen.

56. Thorny - March 18, 2010

19… There are only four Shuttle Orbiters to go around, so I doubt any of them will end up at out of the way spots. Discovery will certainly go to the SMithsonian. Kennedy Space Center will almost certain keep one, as they have an excellent record with their space artifacts and will have the lowest shipping costs. After that the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Johnson Space Center in Houston, the Intrepid museum in New York, and the Evergreen museum in Oregon (home of Howard Hughes’s Spruce Goose) are considered strong contenders. I personally think Enterprise will go back to NASA Dryden at Edwards AFB and be displayed alongside one of its 747 carrier aircraft.

Anthony… Shuttle Endeavour is spelled with a ‘u’ in it because it is named for one of Captain Cook’s ships (in Queen’s English.)

57. Anthony Pascale - March 18, 2010

Well colour me embarrassed about the Brit spelling of Endeavour

58. Tanner Waterbury - March 18, 2010

I WANT to say a few things about this current Administration and how they are screwing up BIG TIME by Discontinuing our space program, but I wont. All I will say is, the Government is making a BIG mistake keeping the US Grounded while other countries have the opportunity of heading to Mars before us. We HAVE to expand out to the stars someday, and in order for us to do so, we HAVE to continue our missions into the Final Frontier. Either we do it with NASA or with private Companies, it does not matter, what matters is that we MUST continue our great journey.

59. Craig Keith - March 18, 2010

#58

To be honest i dont really care what company does it … i would prefere it to be NASA … but if its not then so be it

as long as the first ship / shuttle / man strapped with rocket ;) that end up going to the mars and beyond is called ….

ENTERPRISE

in patrick stuarts words we need to make sure that history never forgets that name … maybe another petition is in order ?

60. Brent - March 18, 2010

Actually, the “Enterprise” orbiter that is rolled out in the opening credits for ST:E is not the Enterprise. Based on the views, it appears to be Endeavour. They just changed the name on the image. Enterprise never had her name placed forward of the payload bay doors like all the other orbiters did. (Although Columbia did until 1989) If you compare Enterprise to the other space-worthy orbiters, you can also see many differences since she was not fitted with real thermal tiles and the like.
But she does have a place in spaceflight history as the pathfinder for the shuttle program-probably the most amazing machine ever built by humans to date.

61. The Original Spock's Brain - March 18, 2010

@ 1. Ralph F – “I remember the day they wheeled the ENTERPRISE out; I was barely 10 but watched in rapt attention to the news that night.”

Same here!

62. SChaos1701 - March 18, 2010

31

Enterprise was a test article that wasn’t meant for spaceflight.

63. Dee - March 18, 2010

AWESOME!!!

64. Magic_Al - March 18, 2010

@62

When they were contracted, unnamed, Enterprise was OV-101 (OV=Orbiter Vehicle) and Columbia was OV-102. The thing that became Challenger was STA-099 (Static Test Article) and it was one not intended for spaceflight.

“Rockwell’s original $2.6 billion contract had authorized the building of a pair of static-test articles (MPTA-098 and STS-099 and two initial flight-test vehicles (OV-101 and OV-102. A decision in 1978 not to modify Enterprise from her ALT configuration would have left Columbia as the only operational orbiter vehicle so on 1/29/79 NASA awarded Rockwell a supplemental contract to convert Challenger (STA-099) from a test vehicle into a space-rated Orbiter (OV-099).”

http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/resources/orbiters/Challenger.html

Enterprise contained a lot of equipment that was would have been used in orbital missions but had no function as the vehicle was ultimately purposed, such as nearly complete aft flight deck avionics that nobody manned because the atmospheric test flights had only the commander and pilot in the front seats. Much of Enterprise’s equipment ended up on other orbiters.

Enterprise’s chance to replace Challenger was eliminated by what could have been deemed sneaky by budget watchdogs. The “structural spares” used to build Endeavour were essentially a sixth orbiter hidden in Congressional appropriations that appeared to fund five orbiters and spare parts. There was no realistic scenario when these “spares” could be used as such. If an orbiter needed a replacement wing, you needed whole a new orbiter because it didn’t come back. When Challenger didn’t come back, there just happened to be enough “spare” parts to build a whole new vehicle!

65. MrRegular - March 18, 2010

Obama’s decision to cancel manned space exploration for the foreseable future is a huge mistake.. No doubt he will get a response not to his liking when he journeys to Florida next month to meet with many of the people his misguided decision will impact. He should reconsider & fund continued shuttle missions until a program such as Direct Launch is ready to replace it.

66. Thorny - March 18, 2010

64… “There was no realistic scenario when these “spares” could be used as such. If an orbiter needed a replacement wing, you needed whole a new orbiter because it didn’t come back.”

As it turned out, that’s true, but the Structural Spares program was also implemented after corrosion problems were discovered on Columbia and it was worried the wings and other components might need to be replaced (a’la the C-5A.) The spares also guarded against an Orbiter being damaged in ferry flight or ground handling. This was pre-Challenger, remember, when NASA was still envisioning 18-24 flights per year. Having spares was part common sense, and part hopes for OV-105. Even so, it still took five years and a boatload of new-built parts to build OV-105 Endeavour after Challenger was lost.

67. Thorny - March 18, 2010

65. MrRegular… “Obama’s decision to cancel manned space exploration for the foreseable future is a huge mistake..”

Officially, the President canceled Ares rockets and Orion spacecraft in favor of building new technology to make exploration affordable later on. His plan pays for this by moving routine space operations to the private sector, which history tells us can do the job more cheaply and efficiently. That remains to be proven, but the Ares and Orion on a funding curve and timetable that was pushing first flight toward 2017, we have a lot of time to develop the private sector alternatives, where one rocket is already on the launch pad and a prototype spacecraft already under construction… two claims Ares and Orion cannot make.

65… ” No doubt he will get a response not to his liking when he journeys to Florida next month to meet with many of the people his misguided decision will impact. ”

I doubt that. The President’s meeting with NASA officials and local politicians at Cape Canaveral will be so thoroughly vetted to include only his supporters in the crowd and so far from the general public (and those opposed to his plans) that all he’ll see is “rah, rah, you’re the best!” This is not one of his “town hall meetings.”

65… “He should reconsider & fund continued shuttle missions until a program such as Direct Launch is ready to replace it.”

I think the President will probably add 1-4 Shuttle flights, perhaps through 2011, to appease Florida and Alabama politicians, and Orion might be reinstated as a commercial operation from Lockheed-Martin and United Launch Alliance. But I don’t think DIRECT will be implemented or Ares reinstated.

68. Cobalt 1365 - March 18, 2010

Bring the Enterprise to the Evergreen Museum!!!
As a trekkie, space geek and engineering student in Oregon, I would LOVE to see the Enterprise sitting right next to Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose. For those of us without the economic means to travel to the east coast, bringing one of the shuttles to rest on the left coast would make so much sense, and no doubt increase interest/awareness in America’s space program (or lack thereof)
Sorry I’m not lucid enough to construct much of a coherent paragraph, but Bring the Enterprise to Oregon!

69. Pete359 - March 18, 2010

Love how NASA do that.

And every time I see that picture of the Gene with the TOS cast with the shuttle I kept thinking “How is Zachary Quinto in that picture?” Then I realise it’s Leonard Nimoy! >_<

70. ryanhuyton - March 18, 2010

#69

Yeah, I wonder if someone were to digitally replace Leonard Nimoy with Zachary Quinto, how many people would NOT notice the switch? A number of people would notice, but many others would probably glance over the photo quickly without a second thought. :-)

71. COMMANDER KEEN - March 19, 2010

#67
That pretty much sums it up. My belief is there will be some sort of compromise. I think Ares will still be axed, as it should be, but I think Orion may be brought back. My favorite alternative is the DIRECT approach and their Jupiter shuttle-derived inline rocket. It is capable of carrying quite a payload.

72. Jane - March 19, 2010

#24 & #49 Agreed!

#69 You can’t tell them apart? Holy crap, I can. But then again they do look similar……..

73. Joey-jo-jo - March 19, 2010

Hey, how did John Lock and Benjamin Linus get in that picture!!

74. BringBackTheShat - March 19, 2010

I was 13 years old at the time and was one of those who wrote to the President and NASA lobbying for the shuttle to be named Enterprise in honor of Star Trek. Neat memory.

75. BringBackTheShat - March 19, 2010

Was William Shatner there that day?

76. ryanhuyton - March 19, 2010

#73 Time travel. And in an alternate timeline, the shuttle Enterprise actually went into space. :-)

77. C.S. Lewis - March 20, 2010

It is a shame that Bolshevism’s lasting contribution to the West will be the disastrous affect of the unrecognized-but-lethally-effective pseudo-science, Lysenkoism.

Sincerely,
C.S. Lewis

14. MikeTen – March 17, 2010

It’s funny, but the Trek banner has a Asian male, an African woman, a Russian male, A Scot male, two american males, and a vulcan male.

The NASA banner has all white (American?) males. Couldn’t they at least put a woman astronaut on the flight for a little diversity? Or even an all women crew? It would have been nice to see that before the shuttle retires.

78. Dom - March 21, 2010

Well, it’s a damn sight finer poster than that awful TNG one on this site a year or so ago! ;)

79. Thorny - March 21, 2010

77…

Well, there will be a woman (Shannon Walker) on the Space Station when they get there, at least if the current schedule holds (there is talk of a big delay for this launch due to the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer being behind schedue.)

NASA did flirt with the idea of an all-woman crew in the early 2000s. It would probably have had Pam Melroy in command and Susan Still as Pilot. The idea was abandoned after the 2003 Columbia accident. It isn’t possible now because no female pilot-astronauts are still in the astronaut corps.

80. David Scrimpshire - March 23, 2010

Naw .. the non-flying shuttle should have been the Constitution :)

New Trek show should be co-run by JJ and Manny Coto, along with some of the other production team from 24. I think that would rock!

81. David Scrimpshire - March 23, 2010

BTW … pants sure did fit funny back then ….

82. GDI - April 6, 2010

I remember the test flights of Enterprise and was astounded each time! I was disappointed that they never upgraded her to space flight capable, but I understood why as the cost to do so would have been tremendous.

However, it would have been romantic to have a space ship named “Enterprise”!

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