via: Yahoo News
A life-size spaceship prop from TV’s original “Star Trek” series, once lost and in shambles, has been lovingly restored to its former glory by die-hard fans for a new mission: to live long and prosper as a museum piece.
After nine months of restoration, the Galileo shuttlecraft — a life-size spaceship prop from the iconic 1960s science fiction TV series — was publicly unveiled last week in a ceremony amid loud cheers from a crowd of “Star Trek” fans and friends on hand to see the ship before its sendoff to its final frontier. It shipped off Space Center Houston, the visitor’s center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, on Wednesday (June 26).
“This is amazing,” “Star Trek” superfan Adam Schneider told a crowd of more than 350 friends and fellow fans as he unveiled the restored Galileo on June 22 in Atlantic Highlands, N.J. Schneider bought the huge Trek spaceship prop at auction with the specific goal of restoring it and donating it to a museum for the public to enjoy. “Despite spending [nearly] 50 years basically outdoors, for a prop built to last a year or two, she’s ready for her next journey.” [See Photos of Star Trek’s Galileo Shuttlecraft Fully Restored]
Schneider unveiled the fully restored Galileo shuttlecraft, at Master Shipwrights Inc., a boat restoration company that performed the work on the Trek prop. Schneider’s wife Leslie broke a bottle of champagne to commemorate Galileo’s resurrection, but only off to the side so as not to damage the ship.
“This means a lot to everybody, all the fans,” said Mike Stein of Nutley, N.J., who commands the U.S.S. Justice fan club and was one of the many “Star Trek” fans attending Galileo’s unveiling. “This is going to be an inspiration of what our vision for the future was for the people who will see it.