September 17, 1976:



The first prototype space shuttle orbiter, the 'Enterprise' (OV-101), named after the Star Trek Enterprise was publicly unveiled by NASA on 17th September 1976 at Palmdale of California in the United States of America. The cast members from the 'Star Trek' television series were present during the ceremony.

The aircraft-like - spacecraft cost almost $10 billion for its development and took nearly a decade to be completed successfully. In 1977, the Enterprise also became the first space shuttle to fly freely, lifted to a height of 25,000 feet by a Boeing 747 airplane, then released and glided on its own accord at California's Edwards Air Force Base.

The Enterprise also traveled the world as a showpiece, making stops in different countries in 1983, and then journeyed back to New Orleans for the World Fair of 1984. The Enterprise today remains on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in the city of New York.


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