I’m still getting caught up on nerdy news after vacation and work and other things, but here’s one that’s worth passing along. The two or three of you who read this blog with any regularity know that I’ve yammered every so often about the attempts first to locate the shuttlecraft Galileo — the full-size mockup built and used during the filming of the original Star Trek series — as well as the auction held after its “discovery” and the efforts of one group of dedicated fans to restore the prop to its former glory. If not, then here’s a handy list of links to those earlier babblings:
The little shuttlecraft that could – February 16th, 2009
The lost shuttlecraft Galileo…found? – December 10th, 2011
Your other car could be the shuttlecraft Galileo! – May 29th, 2012
Ready to bid on the shuttlecraft Galileo? – June 6th, 2012
Today’s the day! Time to buy a shuttlecraft? – June 18th, 2012
Shuttlecraft Galileo…SOLD! – June 29th, 2012
Restored shuttlecraft Galileo bound for Houston! – May 8th, 2013
The short version? After being found still in the possession of the fan who had bought it years ago and after more than one attempt to restore it, the Galileo was purchased at auction last summer by a group of fans, who then undertook the considerable task of refurbishing and rebuilding the mockup to its original condition from the time of the original Trek series. The effort took several months, what likely is an impressive sum of money, and a whole lot of sweat and elbow grease on the part of Adam Schneider and his team, as well as craftsman Hans Mikaitis and his crew from Master Shipwrights. The result?
(Photo credit: Karl Tate/Space.com)
With this incredible feat now accomplished, what’s now in store for the Galileo? As indicated in the article to which I linked back in May, the shuttlecraft will be calling the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas its new home, per this article from July 1st:
From the article:
“Galileo‘s new home is the museum Space Center Houston, which is located next door to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, the home base for the U.S. astronaut corps and Mission Control. There, the “Star Trek” shuttlecraft will be presented with other Space Age relics to help convey the history of the U.S. space program. Galileo will be formally unveiled at Space Center Houston on July 31.”
Damn. Missed it by a month.
Oh, well. I’ll get back down there one of these days. I’m thrilled for the fans and craftsmen who undertook this effort and for what looks to be a wonderful restoration of the Galileo. I can’t wait to see for myself the result of all their hard work. In the meantime, any of you in or near the Houston area who plan on seeing it for yourself, be sure to share some pictures with the rest of us, all right?