Great Images in NASA: "The Shuttle Enterprise rolls out of the Palmdale manufacturing facilities with Star Trek television cast members. From left to right they are: Dr. James D. Fletcher, NASA Administrator, DeForest Kelley (Dr. "Bones" McCoy), George Takei (Mr. Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), Leonard Nimoy (the indefatigable Mr. Spock), Gene Roddenberry (The Great Bird of the Galaxy), and Walter Koenig (Ensign Pavel Checkov)."
Source: My Star Trek Scrapbook
In 2011 the Enterprise was announced to have found a new home in the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York after being replaced by the Shuttle "Discovery" at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. The report includes clips from the launch at which all actors from TOS, except for William Shatner, were present in 1976.
Space shuttle Enterprise
Never fitted with engines or a working heat shield, the Enterprise was not launched into orbit — it was only used for testing. The craft was used in a series of approach and landing tests — carried aloft in a 747, released and glided to landings at Edwards. Later the Enterprise was used for static tests in Alabama and California.
Los Angeles Times science writer George Alexander covered the public introduction of Enterprise. In the Sept. 18, 1976, edition, he reported:
To the theme music from the now-defunct television series “Star Trek,” the National Aeronautics and Space Administration rolled out the first Space Shuttle vehicle at Palmdale Friday and proclaimed the start of a new era in space transportation.
“Ain’t she a beat?” said NASA Associated Administrator John F. Yardley as the big black, white and gray spaceship was towed around the corner of a hangar at Rockwell International Corp.’s Palmdale facility and brought to a halt before a crowd of about 2,000 people…
….some of the actors who appeared in the “Star Trek” series were present. President Ford recently yielded to the petitions of many “Trekkies,” as devotees of the series call themselves, and named the orbiter “Enterprise” after the fictional spaceship flown by the “Star Trek” crew.
Space agency officials had planned to name the space shuttle “Constitution” both in honor of the historic U.S. document and in honor of the early American warship, but were overruled at the last minute by President Ford.
In 1985, Enterprise was transferred to the Smithsonian Institute.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Movieland Wax Museum (1974)
Leonard Nimoy served as Master of Ceremonies for the event in the Providence studio Source: The Day, New London, Conn.