It's the year 1970, but a bit different than the way we know it. After a successful write-in campaign, Star Trek is renewed for a fourth season. With an expanded budget thanks to a viewership hooked on advancements of real-life space exploration (Apollo 13's successful moon landing in April and the Venus fly-around mission announced last year helped a lot), all-new effect shots could be made. This included the multi-purpouse Aquashuttle, whose filming was captured in this old photo I managed to dig up from the vaults.
Hmm... I knew something was off when you mentioned Apollo 13 landing on the moon. That's the one that had a malfunction and barely made it back. I mean, come on! They made a huge Hollywood block buster movie about it staring Tom Hanks. Really great image though. You had me fooled until I read the posts.