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See USS Enterprise Morph from Sailing Ship to Starship (Video)

Original Starship Enterprise Model at Air and Space Museum
This model of the USS Enterprise starship was used in the original "Star Trek" TV series, which aired from 1966 to 1969. (Image credit: National Air and Space Museum)

A new video infographic shows off some of the vessels that have borne the name "Enterprise" over the years, from an 18th-century sailing ship to multiple iterations of the famous spacecraft in the fictional "Star Trek" universe.

The 43-second-long video begins with the 85-foot-long (26 meters) oceangoing Enterprise from the 1700s, then progresses to the 825-foot-long (251 m) USS Enterprise aircraft carrier that (among other adventures) served in World War II after receiving an alert at sea that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor.

From there, the video shows the space shuttle Enterprise, a test version of NASA's spaceship that ferried astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit from 1981 through 2011. Enterprise never flew in space, but it performed several glide tests with NASA astronauts at the controls.

Originally, the space shuttle prototype was supposed to be named Constitution, but it was changed to Enterprise after a massive write-in campaign by "Star Trek" fans. Today, the vessel is on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Museum in New York City.

Some versions of the USS Enterprise from "Star Trek" shown in the video include Captain James T. Kirk's famed ship (NCC-1701) and its successor (NCC-1701-A); the spacecraft on which Kirk was lost in space (NCC-1701-B); and the versions piloted centuries later by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (NCC-1701-D and NCC-1701-E).

The NCC-1701-E Enterprise measures 2,250 feet (868 m) long and was in service from the years 2372 through 2379, according to the video.

The video was created by, which eBay buyers use to search for items similar to their desired product based on pictures.

“The USS Enterprise has a grand history spanning centuries of exploration. Watch as the famed ship morphs through each iteration!” the PicClick representatives wrote in their description of the video, which you can watch on YouTube:

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she also tackles topics like diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, three space shuttle missions in Florida, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Her latest book, Leadership Moments from NASA, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.