The original Starship Enterprise may have explored many strange new planets and civilizations, but for years the classic prop from Star Trek: The Original Series has sat neglected in the basement gift shop of Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Needless to say, that’s not the best way to preserve a beloved artifact, and the poor Enterprise was in need of some serious TLC.
Thankfully, back in 2014 the Enterprise was finally energized out of the gift shop when an extensive restoration project began. Smithsonian used long-lost photos, fan expertise and X-ray radiography to restore the Enterprise‘s paint and lighting to its exact original specifications. They even brought in technicians from Industrial Light & Magic to make sure all the detailing was dead on.
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