The Enterprise, the space shuttle prototype, was until recently housed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. but has made its way to New York City and will soon end up at its new permanent home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Manhattan’s west side.
The Enterprise has never been used in an actual space mission, but it was a full-scale test vehicle used for flights in the atmosphere and experiments on the ground.
The arrival of the Space Shuttle Enterprise comes to New York as part of NASA’s process of closing down the space shuttle program, which officially ended last summer. At the Smithsonian Institution, its place has been taken by the space shuttle Discovery. Shuttle Endeavor is going to Los Angeles and shuttle Atlantis will be at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, opened in 1982, is a military and maritime history museum with a collection of ships including the World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST and a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane. The museum’s newest addition, the Space Shuttle Enterprise, should be on exhibit beginning in July.
For more information, check out the website for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Photo: Anthony DelMundo