- The first space shuttle is not a space worthy vehicle. It was merely designed for upper atmospheric flight tests. These tests were conducted by "piggy-backing" the shuttle on a 747 jet plane. It is jettisoned some 35,000-40,000 feet in the atmosphere, and then glides to earth un-powered as it's space worthy sister ships do when returning from space missions. NASA had originally planned to name the first space worthy shuttle "Enterprise" after the "Enterprise" of Star Trek (1966) fame. Due to the letter campaign organized by Trimble and some 200,000 fans the Constitution was re-named. This was a loss for all true Trekkies as now, there is no space worthy shuttle orbiter named after the starship made famous by Capt. James T. Kirk.
The above is salvaged from the deleted version of the article. It appears to be original content, unlike the rest of the article. --Chops 23:40, 5 May 2006 (UTC)
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