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35 Years Ago Today Space Shuttle Enterprise Unveiled

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It seems hard to believe that 35 years have passed since NASA unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise. I am starting to feel really old right now.

 

Thirty-five years ago today (Sept. 17), Americans got their first good look at a spaceship that would become a national icon.

 

On Sept. 17, 1976, NASA's prototype space shuttle Enterprise was rolled out of its assembly facility in Southern California and displayed before a crowd several thousand strong. Though Enterprise was a test vehicle that never reached space, its completion in some ways marked the true beginning of the space shuttle era.

 

Various dignitaries were on hand to mark the occasion, including many castmembers from the original "Star Trek" television series, which had debuted 10 years earlier (the 45th anniversary of "Star Trek" was last week). Their presence was appropriate, as the prototype shuttle took its name from the sleek starship commanded by the fictional Captain James Tiberius Kirk.

 

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Indeed. I remember how disappointed and pissed off all the fans were when they found out that this particular shuttle would never go into space!

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