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NASA officials delay shuttle Enterprise flight to New York City

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 21, 2012 in Science
On Mon. shuttle Enterprise was scheduled to fly from Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. to New York City's John F. Kennedy airport. This flight has been delayed due to possible rain.
According to, the flight north has been delayed until further notice.
Enterprise was mounted on a modified Boeing 747 jet at Dulles yesterday and scheduled to take flight on Monday morning to land at JFK Airport on the shuttle's journey to its eventual home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
NASA announced on its website, "To ensure a safe flight for Enterprise and the SCA, NASA managers, in consultation with the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, decided Friday to delay the flight because of inclement weather predicted in both New York and Washington, where the flight will originate."
The Dulles area is expecting a 40 percent chance of rain on Monday and New York City is expecting about 70 percent chance of precipitation.
The original plan was for Enterprise to be flown over various sections of the New York City metropolitan area, not unlike what was done when Space Shuttle Discovery was flown over the Washington D.C. region upon her arrival on Tues., Apr. 21.
"If all goes as planned, the aircraft is expected to fly near a variety of landmarks in the metropolitan area, including the Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum," the agency said (courtesy of
Discovery was welcomed to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, on Thursday of this week as Digital Journal reported, complete with transfer ceremony. With Discovery's arrival, this also meant saying good-bye to Enterprise.
The two shuttles were nose-to-nose for a few hours during this historical event.
Enterprise had been residing at the Udvar-Hazy Center and has called the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar home since this section was opened in 2004. Now the shuttle will take permanent residence at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, open to the public in July. Discovery will occupy the space where Enterprise once sat.
At this time, no set plans for rescheduling Enterprise's flight to New York have been made. Officials say a new flight date will be scheduled as "soon as practical."
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