INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPACE SHUTTLE ENTERPRISE TO ARRIVE IN NEW YORK CITY ON APRIL 23
Landing at JFK Airport marks First Leg of Historic Trip to New Home
at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex
New York, NY (March 1, 2012) – The Space Shuttle Enterprise, the original NASA orbiter that paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program, will officially arrive in New York City on April 23, marking the start of its historic journey to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex.
The Enterprise will arrive in New York on the back of a NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and touch down at John F. Kennedy International Airport to kick-off a welcome celebration.
“We are immensely excited about Enterprise’s landing at JFK, and are readying the Intrepid for her arrival,” said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. “Introducing Enterprise to New York is a landmark occasion and marks the beginning of Enterprise’s next mission, which is to inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers and researchers and serve as a reminder that anything is possible.”
“The arrival of Enterprise is a monumental occasion for all of us. Not only can we marvel at her greatness firsthand, but she will enrich the City of New York, its inhabitants and millions of visitors from around the world,” stated Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Co-Chairmen of the Board Charles de Gunzburg and Richard Santulli in a joint statement.
In June, the Enterprise will move by barge to the Intrepid, going past the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center on its route.
“When the Enterprise touches down at JFK Airport, it will signify the first step of its final journey to educate and inspire millions of people around the world about the groundbreaking work of the NASA space program,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D – New York). “Once it lands next month, the Enterprise will immediately become an iconic and must-see destination in New York that will further contribute to our reputation as the greatest city in the world.”
The shuttle will be lifted by crane and placed on the flight deck of the Intrepid where it will be on exhibit to the public starting this summer in a temporary climate-controlled pavilion that will feature innovative elements in an exciting and immersive experience for visitors. The Intrepid continues to work on a permanent exhibit facility to showcase Enterprise that will enhance the museum’s space-related exhibits and education curriculum.
All dates and events are subject to change due to weather and operational delays.
Follow the journey of Enterprise to Intrepid and learn how you can help support the building of our new Science and Technology Center at www.intrepidmuseum.org.
About the Museum
Soon to be the home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum complex includes the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier ‘Intrepid’ with seven full decks and four theme halls; the guided missile submarine Growler; and an extensive collection of over 30 aircraft including the A-12 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft in the world. Guests can experience areas of the ship including the Flight Deck, Hangar Deck, fo’c’sle (commonly known as the anchor chain room), new multimedia presentations and exhibit collections, interactive educational stations and a state-of-the-art public pier.
Guests to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum also can experience the 12,240 square-foot interactive Exploreum – which contains a variety of hands-on exhibits – that teaches guests about the different properties of the sea, air, space and living at sea as each relates to the ship Intrepid. In the Exploreum, guests can experience a flight simulator, transmit messages using Morse code, sit on the bunk of a crewmember, learn how the Intrepid turned salt water into fresh water and perform various tasks while wearing space gloves.