Captain's Log: Stardate 11128.2
It looks like there will be another Enterprise in NYC waters very soon.

Yesterday, several news sources announced that the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on the Hudson River will be the new home of the NASA space shuttle prototype - the Enterprise.

The Enterprise, Orbiter Vehicle Designation OV-101, was constructed in the mid 1970s without engines or a heat shield, never able to actually go into space. The Enterprise was instead used to test approach and landing systems for the entire space shuttle program.



The original name for the first shuttle was the Constitution, but a tremendous letter campaign by Star Trek fans put pressure on President Gerald Ford to rename her to the Enterprise. Ford, back in his Navy days, used to serve on a supply ship to the Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise and he admitted that, he too, was "partial to the name" and overrode NASA's name choice.

Incidentally, the Star Trek starship was originally named the Yorktown after the World War II aircraft carrier, changing the name to Enterprise in a later draft of the pilot script.

In 1976, the Space Shuttle Enterprise was rolled out to the public for the first time in Palmdale, California to the theme of Star Trek with Gene Roddenberry and several of the cast members on hand:



At the time, Roddenberry was working on a project called "Phase II" to bring the series back to television - a project that instead led to the production of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the first of eleven (soon to be twelve) feature films.

In 1985, the Space Shuttle Enterprise was put on display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum:



Interestingly enough, several yards away, the Smithsonian is also the home of the Starship Enterprise model used to film the television series, in an exhibit dedicated to mankind's endeavors to boldly go where no man has gone before:



New York beat out 20 other cities and institutions to obtain the Enterprise, and they expect, after fundraising the estimated $42,000,000 costs to transfer her here, that visitation to the Intrepid museum will increase substantially.

From one Enterprise to another: Welcome to the city so nice, they named it twice: New York, NY.