Saturday, June 2, 2012

Space Shuttle Prototype & Replica Move to Displays in NYC, Houston

Image: The Space Shuttle Enterprise
Eduardo Munoz  /  Reuters
The space shuttle prototype Enterprise is hoisted onto a barge at John F. Kennedy International Airport's harbor on Saturday for its journey to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York.
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A NASA space shuttle prototype and high-fidelity shuttle replica will make some big moves in New York and Houston on Sunday, and residents in both cities have a chance to spot the winged spacecraft — one by sea and the other by land.

In New York City, NASA's space shuttle Enterprise will be visible from some of the city's beaches and coast when it takes a barge from Jamaica Bay to the New York Harbor. The prototype shuttle, which never flew in space but was used in pivotal aerodynamic tests, is destined to go on public display at Manhattan's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. On Saturday, a crane hoisted the shuttle onto its barge for the upcoming sea ride.

While New Yorkers will get to see Enterprise sailing on a barge, the sight of a space shuttle on the water is one some Houston residents have already seen. The space shuttle replica Explorer arrived at a dock in Houston's Clear Lake on Friday, and on Sunday the shuttle will parade its way from the lake to Space Center Houston, a visitor's center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. NASA's Texas facility serves as the home of the agency's astronaut corps and its mission control center for the International Space Station.


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