But before the city starts getting too excited, Earth to New York: this isn’t really a spaceship. The Enterprise – named by a popular vote after the ship in Star Trek – was the first orbiter ever built, used to test the awesome, revolutionary craft’s aerodynamics. But it never orbited space and was not equipped with a heat shield. Though it was going to be the second orbiter after Columbia, NASA ran into cost overruns on the retrofit. Challenger was built instead."
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