Friday Fun Day #FFD: A Spaceship by Any Other Name...

Happy Friday, space cadets!

Update: Thanks to everyone that participated -- enjoy the 20+ spaceships listed below!

For today's Friday Fun Day, we're making a list of famous crewed spacecraft names, either real OR fictional. From Star Trek to Space Shuttles, send us the names of your favorite space-faring vessels either below in the comments or to @glxp by 5pm PT today!

I'll start this off with a recent one: The VSS Enterprise (pictured during the ship christening ceremony):




From maffel: Baaa Baaa Baaa, baababa, baababa... (the Death Star, in case you don't recognize my ominous singing/typing).



From @NextGiantLeap: Lost in Space with the Jupiter II!



From the Twitterverse, @priesett gives a shout to Space Shuttle Atlantis (the heavy lifter of the group, and Hubble repair vehicle):



@Snibble reminds us of the Liberty Bell 7, Gus Grissom's spacecraft:



Zaratustra suggests Discovery One, the infamous 2001 ship that will take you across space... if it feels like it.



@spacekiwi introduces us to Rolling Thunder. I'm not familiar with the book, but anything with the seal of the Martian Naval Corps on the cover definitely has my approval!



And while we're talking about sweet sci-fi novel spaceships, here is another from a Heinlein novel, the Gay Deceiver, courtesy of @dmasten:



@PTScientists, @Rack88 and @memepunks submit the completely awesome Serenity spaceship from Firefly. Seriously, one of the coolest spaceships evar.



From @Rack88: A post-apocalyptic refuge for mankind: The Titan from Titan A.E.




@Quarkspin suggests the Millenium Falcon. EPIC.



@JoeBarone mentions The Heart of Gold, a starship that gets props for the "Infinite Improbability Drive" (this pic makes it look like a giant robotic eyeball, making it a true space oddity):



A ship with an awesome name: "I Said, I've Got A Big Stick", written in tiny letters. From Iain Banks' "Look to Winward", suggested by @priesett



From @bsbowens, the War Rocket Ajax from Flash Gordon (definitely got a retro-cool look to it):



@LucieD_inthesky reminds us that "The Eagle has landed":



@matt808 suggests Rama, from, "Rendezvous with Rama" by Arthur C. Clarke (it's like Earth in tube):



@spacesooner, whose recent space-themed wedding featured tables named for great spaceships, suggested Nostromo -- the little spacetug that could, which became the terrifying setting for the movie Alien.



@Quarkspin points us to a classic: the C-57D of Forbidden Planet.



This is one of my personal favorites, so I'm glad that @womanastronomer suggested it: The Battlestar Galactica.



Trekkies (correction: I've been informed that the proper form is "trekkers") rejoice, @jimmic is representing with the USS Defiant:



@Pomerantz pulls through with the Eagle V -- Yessssssss. Gotta love a galactic-travelin' Winnebago.



And another good one from @Pomerantz: The Long Shot from Niven's Ringworld. Perhaps the most honestly-named spaceship of all time, it was named by its pilot, "both because it could cover long distances and because he was unconvinced that it would actually work."



From @Matt808, the best friend that a kid could ever ask for: a spaceship named Max (Flight of the Navigator). It's amusing to note that the voice of Max was done by Pee Wee Herman. I hear he's making a comeback.



From @Spacesooner, the SDF-1 Macross, which stands for "Super Dimensional Fortress". How cool is that?! It can transform from a space fortress into a humanoid.



To conclude this Friday Fun Day, I have to add another one of my personal favorites: The Thunder Road from the movie Explorers. It was a spaceship whose main components consisted of a Tilt-a-Whirl car and a garbage can. I kid you not. But it could go to space and some kids from the 80's built it, so it was awesome.

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