After getting snubbed by NASA to display a retired shuttle, Johnson Space Center (JSC) remains committed to acquiring alternatives like the Boeing 747 carrier and the Explorer shuttle mockup that formerly adorned the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center.
This time, the JSC's Space Center Houston museum is boldly going where no NASA site has gone before, recently unveiling a meticulously-restored television prop used by Captain Kirk and his crew to travel between the USS Enterprise and nearby alien lands.
After it's pulled off course, the shuttle makes an emergency landing on the mysterious Taurus II — home to a group of furry brown giants known as anthropoids. Relations quickly devolve and the Galileo barely makes it off the rocky planet. (The full 1967 episode, titled "The Galileo Seven," currently is streaming on Netflix.)
New Jersey trekkie Adam Schneider purchased the Galileo prop for roughly $70,000 in the summer of 2012. After months of restoration work at a boat-building firm, the trailer-sized piece of TV history sat in a warehouse while its owner pondered his next move.
“It’s not exactly a living-room piece,” he told the New Yorker in February before deciding to donate the ship to JSC, where an estimated 800,000 annual visitors can see it "live long and prosper" inside the Space Center Houston's Zero-G Diner.