I grew up with Star Trek. It helped inspire my interests in space and astronomy. It’s been an element of my life since I was a child.
So I’m thrilled that the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, is restoring and displaying the Starship Enterprise, home and workplace for the crew of the original series. The studio model was apparently only completed on the side that faced the camera, so museum staff have been working with it to enhance it for public display.
It’s surprisingly large too, as the photo shows.
“Star Trek” is loaded with really good science too, which may be a reason why it has inspired generations of astronauts and space scientists. Astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, told C-SPAN, “I was very much a ‘Star Trek’ fan and I like to say that I watched it in the ‘60s, when it first came on.” She calls the show “wonderful, because it put women in non-traditional roles. Lt. Uhura was maybe the first woman that you saw every week on television who worked in a technical field.”
Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Uhura “was instrumental in recruiting the first women and minority astronauts for NASA,” Jemison says.