Yesterday thousands of people in New York City came out to watch as shuttle Enterprise was brought to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
The shuttle had left Virginia on April 27 aboard a modified Boeing 747 jetliner, arriving in New York. The spacecraft prototype's previous home had been at one of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museums, located in Chantilly, Va.
Enterprise's arrival to Intrepid was delayed a day due to inclement weather, but at 6:15 a.m. yesterday the craft made its voyage from a New Jersey port up the Hudson River to its new home.
New York Daily News
Screengrab from footage of Enterprise sailing up the Hudson River
According to the New York Daily News, a 500-ton crane hoisted Enterprise from a barge onto the Intrepid. Thousands of spectators arrived to watch this exciting event.
Just prior to Enterprise's final departure from the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in April, the craft had been brought nose-to-nose with space shuttle Discovery. Digital Journal was on the scene for this historical event. Discovery took the space in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, at Udvar-Hazy, where Enterprise had resided since the hangar's opening.
Enterprise and Discovery came nose-to-nose on April 19, 2012
Enterprise will be on display aboard the flight deck of Intrepid, the World War II aircraft carrier now repurposed as a museum.
Seeing these spacecraft is exciting for those of all ages, but for young children it illuminates the reality of space exploration.
“I didn’t know spaceships were real!” said 4-year-old Bailey Benson, perched atop the shoulders of her dad, Derrick. The two had come down from the Bronx for the day, reported the New York Daily News.
Enterprise, named after the "Star Trek" craft, served as a prototype for NASA as its space shuttles were being developed. Feb. 2012 marked Enterprise's 35th anniversary since its first flight to test the shuttle. Enterprise was never flown in space, but its use was instrumental in development of the subsequent group of shuttles which made several voyages.
CNN published some good footage of Enterprise yesterday (via ABC News).
Enterprise will be open for public viewing at the museum on July 19.