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Up Close With the Enterprise Shuttle At the Intrepid Museum 63

An anonymous reader writes "As you probably remember, the Space Shuttle Enterprise was flown on the back of a 747 to New York City where it was then delivered to the USS Intrepid. As sad as it was to see a space shuttle retired (and NASA take a major step down in the space flight abilities) this was one of the most amazingly geektastic events in recent memory. Now the shuttle is on top of the aircraft carrier's flight deck, living in its very own pavilion. As of tomorrow it will go on display as part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, but today we got a sneak peek at the shuttle."
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Up Close With the Enterprise Shuttle At the Intrepid Museum

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @10:46PM (#40693579)
    My dad has retired, and he's never flown in space. It's not a requirement. You simply have to no longer be doing your job anymore due to old age.
  • by Deadstick ( 535032 ) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @10:53PM (#40693603)

    the fighter jets on the flight deck with shattered cockpits

    That's the usual fate of aircraft put on permanent static display in an unsecured location. The unbroken canopy parts turn yellow in the sun and then craze, the tires rot, the paint fades, the cavities fill up with bird shit and used condoms, and you have an eyesore within a couple of years.

  • by Idarubicin ( 579475 ) on Thursday July 19, 2012 @12:08AM (#40694021) Journal

    Um, carrying a shuttle on the back of a 747 is how it's typically transported. About as geektastic as a furniture shipment, by now.

    I suspect that it was very seldom flown to New York City, however. Many millions of people would have had the opportunity to see such a flight for the first time.

    And honestly, your smug dismissal of this event as being "as geektastic as a furniture shipment" marks you as being as wannabe-cool and faux-jaded as the hipster who won't listen to any band he's already heard of, because "they're so last week".

  • by JWSmythe ( 446288 ) <jwsmythe@jws[ ] ['myt' in gap]> on Thursday July 19, 2012 @12:11AM (#40694035) Homepage Journal

        Well, it was used in the space program. I'm sure most of us know, it was used as a flight model. It was planned for use as an active shuttle, but NASA found it would have been cost prohibitive to fit it with the required gear.

        I believe it was flown 5 times. So it didn't launch the same way the others did, and it didn't achieve orbit (by design), but it was flown. It was used for various purposes from 1976 through 1985.

        What I don't quite get is why it's a big deal that it's available to the public to view now. It was at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles for a while, where you could walk right up to it. Just like everything there, it was interesting to see.

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