[Star Trek] The Enterprise Finds A New Home

In February of 2014, shortly before the USS Enterprise studio model was packed up and hauled over to the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, my friend Matt and I made a pilgrimage into Washington D.C. We needed to see the ship buried on display in the basement of the Air & Space Museum’s deep, dark, dank gift shop. I had this absurd fear: what if this beautiful relic, this physical manifestation of everything I held dear about STAR TREK, cracked and crumbled in the restoration process? What if this was my last opportunity to say goodbye to not only the most iconic starship in science fiction, but also my only tactile connection to these fictional men and women I held partially (but genuinely) responsible for my emotional and intellectual development? That’s a lot of sentiment to lie at the feet of a prop from an old television show. Some might find it ridiculous. Some may totally understand. But it was a feeling similar to the one that draws you out to visit a loved one’s grave, an act of love and remembrance.

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