This bird is where the incredible journey started….
Enterprise, the first Space Shuttle Orbiter, was originally to be named Constitution (in honor of the U.S. Constitution’s Bicentennial). However, viewers of the popular TV Science Fiction show Star Trek started a write-in campaign urging the White House to select the name Enterprise.
Enterprise was used to verify that the STS design was aerodynamically sound and would function as a glider. It never flew in space.