Michael Collins, the Command Module pilot on Apollo 11, sadly passed away today (RIP). Collins later became the first Director of the National Air and Space Museum. On the Star Trek - the Original Series Facebook group, a 1973 letter from Collins to the then President of Paramount, Frank Yablens, was posted. In the letter, Collins asked about acquiring the "fourteen-foot" model of the Enterprise if Paramount had no further use for it, as Collins wanted to put it in an exhibit that reflected the role of Star Trek and SF in space exploration. It's fascinating (sorry) to learn how and why Paramount became interested in donating the Enterprise to the NASM. This did raise a question in my mind though. I thought Paramount trashed the Star Trek sets relatively soon after the show was cancelled. Would anyone, especially the Star Trek historians on the TrekBBS, know if Paramount exhibited the Enterprise model after the series ended, or why the model still existed in 1973 and wasn't trashed with the sets?