Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Enterprise Boldly Goes
The orbiter Enterprise on display at the National Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, D.C. Image source: National Air & Space Museum.
CollectSpace.com reports that NASA has signed over the prototype orbiter Enterprise to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
Now the orbiter's rightful owner, Intrepid announced that a few months after touching down in New York, Enterprise will be loaded onto a barge and ferried around the city to the museum. There it will be hoisted onto the flight deck and displayed under a "protective covering" until the new exhibition hall is ready ...
The public will be able to view Enterprise on the Intrepid beginning in summer 2012.
According to the museum's web site, "It is expected that the space shuttle orbiter will be flown from Washington D.C. to JFK International Airport by ferry-flight aboard a 747 NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in the spring of 2012."
The title transfer defeats the schemes of politicians in Ohio and Texas who tried to force NASA to take away Enterprise from New York and give it to museums in their states.