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Wednesday
Jun062012

Space Shuttle Enterprise Sets Sail to New Home

Michael Nagle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Enterprise's journey to its new home will come to an end on Wednesday when the space shuttle is tugged across New York's Hudson River to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The shuttle will depart from the New Jersey marina where it's been since Sunday on a barge at 10:15 a.m., according to the museum.

The wing of the space shuttle Enterprise was damaged on its journey from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when the tip of the wing scraped a piling in Jamaica Bay. Though the accident put a damper on the Enterprise’s trip, it did not slow down its progress.

As Enterprise makes its way to its final resting place, it will pass by several landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero. Enterprise traveled a similar path last month when it was flown into John F. Kennedy International Airport from Dulles International Airport atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747.  The shuttle had been on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

Hundreds lined up across the Hudson River on April 27 to catch a glimpse of the space shuttle flying over.  Over a month later, it was moved to the marina in New Jersey.

Enterprise is expected to reach the Intrepid Wednesday around 12:30 p.m., at which time a crane will begin to lift the space shuttle from the barge on to the retired Navy aircraft carrier's flight deck.  The transfer will take over four hours to complete.

The museum says Enterprise will be on public display starting July 19.

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Tuesday
Jun052012

Space Shuttle Enterprise Damaged On Way to New Home

Wing of space shuttle Enterprise (left) scraping against piling. Image credit: Dennis Jenkins/collectspace.com(NEW YORK) -- The wing of the space shuttle Enterprise was damaged on its journey from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan.

The shuttle was en route to a New Jersey marina, its first destination on a two-part trip, when the tip of the wing scraped a piling in Jamaica Bay.

“While approaching the railroad bridge, a sudden microburst of wind, measured at 35 knots, caused the rub panel foam protective layer of the wingtip of the Enterprise to graze the protective wood piling bumpers in the water,” Luke Sacks, a spokesman for the Intrepid Museum, said in a statement. “The bridge was not involved. There was no damage to the bridge and light cosmetic damage to the protective layer.”

Though the accident put a damper on the Enterprise’s trip, Sacks says it will not slow down its progress.

“It will not have an impact on the timing for arrival or display at Intrepid — both are moving ahead as scheduled,” Sacks said.

After a brief stay at the New Jersey marina, the Enterprise will be transported up the Hudson River to its new home, where it will lifted by crane onto the Intrepid, a retired Navy aircraft carrier.

The Enterprise’s long journey began in April at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., where it was on display.  The Smithsonian is becoming the home of the shuttle Discovery, which flew 39 times in space from 1984 to 2011.  Enterprise, the first shuttle to be built, was used for landing tests in the late 1970s.

When the Enterprise left the Smithsonian, it was placed nose to nose with Discovery in what the Intrepid Museum described as a “historic moment” and an “emotional send off.”

The Enterprise then traveled to Kennedy Airport on the back of a NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747. The airport is about 20 miles from the museum.

Despite the damage done to its wing, the Enterprise is expected to arrive at the Intrepid Museum later this month. It will be displayed to the public beginning in July.

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Friday
Apr272012

Space Shuttle Enterprise Readies for Trip to NY Museum

New Yorkers seen taking pictures of the Enterprise as it flies over the Hudson River. ABC NewsUPDATE: Space shuttle Enterprise landed at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport just after 11:20 a.m. EDT on Friday.

(WASHINGTON) -- Space shuttle Enterprise will be flown into New York City on Friday morning as it makes it way towards its new home: the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

The shuttle is scheduled to depart from Dulles International Airport at 9:30 EDT, weather permitting, atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747.  As it flies into John F. Kennedy International Airport, Enterprise will pass by the Statue of Liberty and other nearby landmarks, allowing people to catch a glimpse of the shuttle in flight.

Once it lands, it will remain at the airport for several weeks before it is unmounted from the jumbo jet.  Enterprise will then be placed on a barge and moved by tugboat up the Hudson River to the museum, where it will be on public display this summer.

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