“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”
These are the words that reverberate throughout the Star Trek franchise, all the way from the original series in 1966 to the current Star Trek reboot films. Throughout the franchise’s nearly 50 year history, there have been at least eight starships named Enterprise. The Star Trek universe has even retroactively claimed some of the historical ships named Enterprise as a bridge from the past to the future.
A newly released video morphs the very first USS Enterprise from 1775, into the USS Enterprise (CV-6) aircraft carrier from World War II before changing into the NASA space shuttle Enterprise, which was actually named after the first Star Trek ship! From there, the space shuttle Enterprise transforms into every iteration of Star Trek’s Enterprise, including the rarely seen USS Enterprise XCV 330 from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Accompanying the video is an infographic featuring all of the Enterprises in scale with each other.
Lesser known Enterprises including the NCC-1701-B from Star Trek: Generations, and the NCC-1701-C from the “Yesterday’s Enterprise” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation are also represented. Even Captain Archer’s Enterprise NX-01 from Star Trek: Enterprise takes its rightful place among the lineage of starships.
Which Enterprise is your favorite? Set a course for the comment section and engage!