The Original U.S.S. Enterprise Lives Long and Prospers at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


Beam me to D.C., Scotty! The fully restored, iconic U.S.S. Enterprise from the original ‘60s Star Trek television series has found a not-so-shabby base to land at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Stretching 135 inches (11.25 feet) long, the model, which was used for exterior shots of the vessel, is considerably tinier than you’d imagine Spock's digs to be, but hey, the future is a mysterious, highly illogical place. The Enterprise was previously hung in the museum’s gift shop for a year, but now, just before the museum’s 40th birthday — and weeks before Star Trek Beyond hits theaters — it’s been sealed in a glass, climate-controlled case. On one side you’ll be able to see the ship as it appeared on camera, while the other side gives you a glimpse into how all the wires and motors work to light the ship. Check it out in the museum’s "Milestones" exhibition ... resistance is futile.