Sunday, December 11, 2011
The Final Frontier for Enterprise
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. Image source: NASA.
NASA has officially transferred the title for Enterprise to the Intrepid museum in New York City.
NASA transferred title and ownership of space shuttle Enterprise to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum during a ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the museum in New York City. The transfer is the first step toward Intrepid receiving Enterprise in the spring of 2012.
"NASA is proud to transfer the title of space shuttle Enterprise to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum," said NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden. "The U.S.S. Intrepid had a rich history with NASA's mission, and Enterprise – the pathfinder for the Space Shuttle Program – belongs in this historic setting. Enterprise, along with the rest of our shuttle fleet, is a national treasure and it will help inspire the next generation of explorers as we begin our next chapter of space exploration."
Houston-area politicians have schemed to seize Enterprise from New York and have it transferred to their city. Now that Intrepid has the pink slip, it would appear those politicians have failed.
UPDATE 8:30 PM EST — NY1.com has a video report on the title transfer.