Space shuttle Enterprise reopens to NYC visitors
The famous craft is now stored in a more resilient structure.
Visitors walk past the newly completed pavilion that houses the space shuttle Enterprise on the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. With a ribbon-cutting ceremony the pioneering shuttle has been restored from the damages it incurred during Superstorm Sandy. (© AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
NEW YORK (AP) —
More than 400 guests watched as the shuttle was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It's the first space shuttle to receive the designation.
The inflatable structure that had housed the Enterprise was deflated during Sandy. High water levels caused a shutdown of the floating museum's main power supply and backup generators.
The newly built structure is a steel-framed pavilion designed to withstand much harsher conditions. It is unclear how long the shuttle will remain housed there.
I don't know that I specifically disagree with any of the statements that NY is an odd place for a permanent home for the shuttle, but I think it is a fine temporary home for it. It is a piece of history, and as many Americans as possible should be able to see it. I would love if it came to Chicago or Milwaukee (which would be possible since it is on a barge), and I would actually go see it in either of those locations (even though Chicago is a craphole I do everything I can to avoid).
I will never see it if it stays in Texas or Florida at mission control. I have lived out half my life and never been to either NASA location, though they are on my bucket list. Simply too far away and too expensive to get there, so why would I think I will get there in another half life-time?
Let the shuttle travel around a bit - that is what it was built for after-all. Then put it in a permanent home at mission control where it can be saved for future generations. One of the shuttles is already on the west coast, so that is covered. Let this one hit the east coast, and cover that side of the country before the final resting place down south. A "temporary" visit for one of them in Dayton, OH as suggested would also cover the Midwest (sort of) and/or hit the South Dakota area for a short stay and everyone would get the chance they should to see what their tax dollars bought.
It might remind us why we were in the Space Race and why it was a penny wise/pound foolish for our beloved president to give it up. The more we can be reminded how stupid that man is, the better off the citizens of this country will be 20 years from now. We all need to learn from our mistakes, and most importantly move on.
It belongs in Houston, period...you know where mission control is.
It rests in outta control now, but I am really surprised it was not shipped to Chicago...
The Intrepid Museum is fantastic. I love all the wonderful airplanes. My favorite is the stealth fighter exhibit. Who saw it?
Oh yes, it's there.
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