Watch the original Enterprise model's two year restoration by the Smithsonian

There are certain spaceships with which all living humans are familiar -- the Millennium Falcon, Battlestar Galactica and of course, the USS Enterprise.

Since 1966, the NCC-1701 has become probably one of the most iconic images associated with science fiction, period. And yet, somewhere along the way the original model for the Enterprise was altered.

In the '90s (it would be you, the '90s), the Smithsonian restored the original Enterprise, but, in the process, they made a few changes -- alterations to the paint job were made and extra lights were added for dramatic flair. As you can imagine, Montgomery Scott himself would've beamed to the Smithsonian from whatever reality where Star Trek is real is if he could.

Thankfully (and this is assuming Scotty didn't step in), to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the Smithsonian has seen fit to go back, strip off the '90s paint job, detach those extra lights, and restore the ship once more from the ground up. And you can see the process right here:

The two-year process was completed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, where the newly restored Enterprise remains available for all Trek fans to see and enjoy.

(via io9)

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