After an epic journey, space shuttle Enterprise has finally arrived at her new home, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
On April 12th, 2011 NASA awarded Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum space shuttle Enterprise. Since then, NASA and Intrepid have worked together to bring the shuttle to New York City.
Now, over a year later, she has safely completed a flight atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, the vessel specially outfitted and responsible for safely ferrying the mated space shuttle Enterprise from Dulles to John F. Kennedy Airport on April 27, 2012, and a two day trip by barge from John F. Kennedy Airport, to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
On Tuesday, June 6th, shuttle Enterprise completed the second leg of her river ride, departing Weeks Marine in New Jersey and sailing north on the Hudson River. Along the way, the shuttle passed other American icons like the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, Empire State Building, and of course the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Weather and tidal conditions were favorable allowing Enterprise to arrive home ahead of schedule.
Once safely moored to the craning barge, crews began the tedious task of lifting Enterprisefrom water level on to the flight deck of the former USS Intrepid. Although it was a slow and steady process, space shuttle Enterprise safely touched down on the flight deck of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, on schedule, at around 4:30pm.
Intrepid’s Space Shuttle Pavilion, including Enterprise, will open to the public on July 19th.
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