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09/09/2015 05:45 am ET

Calling All Trekkies: The Smithsonian Needs Your Help!

The museum is seeking original images of the iconic starship.
The Enterprise on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Rocketry and Spaceflight gallery in 1987. The Smithsonian is
National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
The Enterprise on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Rocketry and Spaceflight gallery in 1987. The Smithsonian is looking to restore the model to its 1967 appearance. 

The Smithsonian is restoring the original studio model of the Enterprise used on the "Star Trek" TV series -- and the institution is calling on fans of the show for help

The National Air and Space Museum said the model of the starship has had eight major renovations since it was built in 1964, and is looking for images that can help them restore it to how it appeared in 1967, during and after the famous "Trouble With Tribbles" episode. 

But don't start sending in screengrabs -- the Smithsonian doesn't need those. They're looking specifically for "firsthand, original images or film of the ship under construction, during filming or on public display at any time before 1976." 

Images such as this one: 

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The production model of the starship Enterprise, as seen outside the Production Model Shop in Burbank, California, on De
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The production model of the starship Enterprise, as seen outside the Production Model Shop in Burbank, California, on December 29, 1964.

Given that many Trekkies -- or Trekkers, as some prefer -- have meticulous knowledge and extensive memorabilia related to the show, it seems likely that some fans will have just what the museum is looking for.

"Hailing frequencies are open to the public at StarshipEnterprise@si.edu," the museum wrote in a news release.  

The model was used in all 79 episodes of the original series, which aired between 1966 and 1969. The renovated model is expected to go on display next year at the museum’s Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

Whatever happens, they better make sure they do the job right -- because the ship's former commanding officer is keeping an eye on the work. 

William Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk on the original "Star Trek" series, saw an image of the Enterprise with a piece detached earlier this year and sent out a series of joking (we think) tweets:  

The Smithsonian wrote back that Enterprise was in spacedock for conservation, and invited him to come for an inspection, to which Shatner added:

Kidding aside, Shatner also noted complaints over past conservation work on the model.

The Smithsonian answered:

 

(h/t Mashable)

 

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