|Space shuttle at sea: Enterprise sails for NYC's Intrepid||
A barge carrying NASA's space shuttle Enterprise prototype passed beneath a bridge in the New York Harbor during a trip from John F. Kennedy airport to a New Jersey port during delivery on June 3, 2012. Enterprise is being delivered to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan for public display.
The space agency's original prototype orbiter, Enterprise is scheduled to arrive at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the west side of Manhattan on Tuesday (June 5). Leaving Sunday from New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK)
International Airport where it was delivered atop a jumbo jet in late April, the shuttle was barged to Bayonne, N.J., as a layover on its way up the Hudson River.
Enterprise, having first arrived in the Big Apple by air and setting sail Sunday by sea, is only missing the experience of traveling through space to complete the Intrepid's three modal themes.
The first of NASA's space shuttles, Enterprise did not fly in orbit but instead was used for a series of approach and landing tests in the late 1970s.
Space shuttle Enterprise, NASA’s original prototype orbiter, sails by Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, on its way to Bayonne, NJ on June 3, 2012. The shuttle is ultimately destined for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, where it will be placed on public display.
On Saturday, a large crane was used to load the 57,000 pound (26,000 kilogram) prototype shuttle onto the open air flat bed barge, which, towed by tugboat, made the trip to the Garden State the next day.
Spectators in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn, including at Coney Island, lined the shores to watch as Enterprise floated by.
Along the way, the space shuttle Enterprise passed under several crossings, its vertical stabilizer, or tail, clearing the Verrazano Bridge, for example, by a good margin.
At others, including the Gil Hodges Memorial, the bridges needed to be raised to allow the shuttle to pass.
The shuttle will stay in Bayonne through Tuesday. On Monday, it'll be hoisted off its barge onto one equipped with a crane.
On Tuesday (June 5), at 09:15 A.M. EDT (1315 GMT), Enterprise is scheduled to depart the Jersey shore to sail for the Intrepid, which is docked at Pier 86 at W. 46th Street and 12th Avenue in New York City.
The shuttle is expected to float past the Statue of Liberty at about 09:500 A.M. EDT (1350 GMT) and the World Trade Center about 50 minutes later prior to traveling the rest of its way up the Hudson River to complete its journey by 11:30 A.M. EDT (1530 GMT).
Once positioned alongside the Intrepid, a converted aircraft carrier, Enterprise will be hoisted off the barge and onto the museum's flight deck.
Starting Wednesday, a climate-controlled steel and fabric shelter will begin being erected over Enterprise, to protect it while on display.
The Intrepid's new "Space Shuttle Pavilion" is scheduled to open to the public on July 19. Tickets for the Enterprise display are on sale now through the museum's box office and website.
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