September 18, 1985 — Teachers Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan get hands-on experience with an Arriflex film camera after a training session on space photography. McAuliffe would later perish along with 6 other crew members in the Challenger disaster in January 1986. (NASA)
Ten years to the day after Star Trek premieres on television (September 8, 1966), President Gerald Ford officially signs off on the name “Enterprise” for the first Space Shuttle on September 8, 1976:
To Boldly Name…
With the first space shuttle ready to be unveiled in September 1976, President Ford was asked to approve the craft’s name before meeting with NASA administrator Dr. James Fletcher.
Fans of “Star Trek” had sent NASA hundreds of thousands of letters requesting that the space shuttle be named “Enterprise” after Captain James T. Kirk’s starship. Several of the President’s advisers also noted that the name had a long association with U.S. Navy vessels dating back to the Revolutionary War.
President Ford officially signed off on the name “Enterprise” on September 8, 1976.
View documents about the naming of the Space Shuttle “Enterprise” from the Presidential Handwriting File at http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/document/0047/phw19760908-01.pdf
-from the Ford Library
During space shuttle mission STS-1, NASA flight director Charles Lewis, left, looks over a chart display on his monitor in mission control at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, April 14, 1981. (NASA)
The future STS-2 crew, Joe Engle and Dick Truly, are sitting behind him.
Exiting a Lockheed C-141 Starlifter, hearses stand by to receive the remains of the ill fated crew of the Challenger space shuttle.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Zoo Crew, Tarzan with Jane!
"Tarzan, please, get your other hand off my ***"