What do you do with one of the best-known models in science fiction history? How do you treat such a thing once it's suffered aging and damage?
This amazing video looks at the conservation — not restoration — project that's going on with the 11-foot model of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) from the original Star Trek television show. This is the filming model, the ship you saw the most on the show.
Going into space takes funding, courage and a whole lot of imagination, and the Star Trek series helped provide the world of space travel with all three in different ways. It deserves a permanent home alongside other pieces of history.
Udvar Hazy, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's annex at Washington Dulles International Airport, is the perfect home for this model, and I can't wait to visit during my next trip to DC. If you're a fan of things that fly in general, it's a museum that can feel more like a church.
If you grew up as a science fiction fan this model is all but priceless, and it's amazing to know it's in such great hands.