It's August 12, maybe you or somebody you know has a birthday -- and on this day in 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise made its first free flight.

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U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. James R Pearson

Originally planned to be named Constitution, the shuttle became Enterprise only after an intense letter-writing campaign from devoted Trekkies numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one and all, and to Enterprise, which had a badass crew attend its rollout.

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For more, check out 6 Reasons Space Travel Will Always Suck and 5 Things Movies Always Get Wrong About Space.

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