The Space Shuttle Enterprise was the primary orbital craft in NASA’s Space Shuttle program. Whereas we’ve got 1000’s of NASA workers to thank for designing, constructing, and launching the craft, we’ve got 1000’s of a unique form of folks to thank for naming it: Trekkies.
NASA’s unique title for the craft was the Space Shuttle Structure. It was a superbly smart, conventional, and sensible title that not solely harkened again to the names of earlier American vessels, however was notably befitting as a result of the shuttle was scheduled to be unveiled on September 17, 1976—Structure Day.
Whereas that’s a effective title, followers of the sci-fi sequence Star Trek couldn’t imagine we have been sending the shuttle up with every other title apart from Enterprise, a nod to the enduring starship that served because the stage for the beloved present. A whole bunch of 1000’s of letters later, President Gerald Ford responded to the letter marketing campaign directed on the White Home by giving NASA a mild nudge in the direction of renaming the shuttle and White Home advisers joked that Star Trek followers have been essentially the most devoted constituency within the nation. Naturally, as seen within the picture right here, a lot of the principal solid of the present attended the disclosing of the shuttle.
Picture courtesy of NASA.