The Galileo shuttlecraft from the original Star Trek television series has been restored by some seriously dedicated fans after it was left in ruins. It’s so nicely refurbished, in fact, that it will now be on display as a museum piece.
The life-size prop took nine months to restore but the replica spacecraft from the 1960s series garnered cheers at its unveiling last week.
It has now been shipped off to its final destination – the visitor’s center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. How cool is that? Those wishing to see it will have to wait till NASA officially puts it on display on July 31, 2013.
Adam Schneider, the fan who bought the prop at an auction with the intent of restoring it, addressed the crowd in Atlantic Highlands, NJ and said: “This is amazing. Despite spending [nearly] 50 years basically outdoors, for a prop built to last a year or two, she’s ready for her next journey.”
That really is pretty incredible and is such a gift to the Trek community. As one man said: “This means a lot to everybody, all the fans. This is going to be an inspiration of what our vision for the future was for the people who will see it.”
For those unfamiliar with the shuttlecraft’s history, it first appeared in a 1967 Star Trek episode titled “Galileo Seven” and was used to ferry Commander Spock and other crewmembers from the U.S.S. Enterprise down to a hostile planet. The crew ended up needing to find a way to survive, however, when the Galileo was seriously damaged. In the end, the massive prop appeared in seven episodes.