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NASA Space Science

Hurricane Sandy Damages Space Shuttle Enterprise 126

SchrodingerZ writes "The now decommissioned Space Shuttle Enterprise appears to have been damaged by super storm Sandy, as it blew through New York City. The shuttle is currently on display on the deck of the USS Intrepid, as part of the Sea, Air, and Space museum on pier 86. The storm tore through the shuttle's inflatable pavilion which housed it, leaving a deflated mess over the space craft. It appears that the pavilion has damaged the vertical stabilizer on the tail of the craft. The museum has yet to comment on the situation. This is not the first time the Enterprise has been damaged however. As it was being towed through Jamaica Bay en route to its new home in Manhattan, the barge was hit by wind and forced the spacecraft's wingtip into a railroad bridge pylon ."
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Hurricane Sandy Damages Space Shuttle Enterprise

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  • Re:SO WHAT ?!? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bmo ( 77928 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @06:28AM (#41840157)

    You are comparing apples to pears. "Mona Lisa" is a chunk of dried paint and canvas that, granted, had its part in the history of art. Being a chunk of crusty paint and canvas, however, it can be replaced; and if it were to go lost, not many humans would spill tears over it. Enterprise, on the other hand, is a work of breakthrough engineering, science, and exploration, held dear by many more humans than said chunk of crusty dried paint on canvas. Moreover, Enterprise was crafted by many indivituals in a cooperative feat of engineering not seen since Apollo, many of those engineers being unsung geniuses who went on to further humanity through their engineering, which cannot be said for Leonardo Da Vinci, now long dead and no longer contributing to humanity. Last but not least, I do believe that you are a troll.



  • Re:SO what!!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by EmagGeek ( 574360 ) <(gterich) (at) (aol.com)> on Thursday November 01, 2012 @06:35AM (#41840191) Journal

    It costs $24 _per person_ just to get in to the Intrepid Museum. I do not know if they charge a rider for the shuttle tour.

    Keep in mind, every single museum exhibit at this place was paid for with money borrowed on behalf of the taxpayer. Now the taxpayer is paying again for the privilege of laying eyes on what what built using loans their great grandchildren never consented to, but nonetheless will be paying back under threat of force.

  • Re:SO WHAT ?!? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by vikingpower ( 768921 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @06:38AM (#41840199) Homepage Journal
    Hm. You quite craftily inverted my argument, to show that what is true for Mona Lisa may also be true for Enterprise. I'll grant you that point. Insulting me, OTOH, is not a major contribution to this discussion. I, last but not least, do certainly NOT believe that you are a troll, which belief may be unjustified. I do believe, however, that this discussion merits to be deepened, whatever you may be. I suppose this proves beyond reasonable doubt I am not a troll. Can you prove you are not one ?*
  • by agentgonzo ( 1026204 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @06:41AM (#41840217)
    And stuff like this is why I'm bored with Americans and their petty squabbles. You have absolutely amazing feats of engineering with which you have accomplished utterly awe-inspiring things, yet you chose to spend most of your time squabbling over whether one group of millions of people should be coloured red or blue based on whether a slim majority voted for PersonA or PersonB in a hugely over-inflated popularity contest and the benefits that come with this apparent colouring.

    I'm sure you'll have some clever rebuttal, but I'll say it right here: I won't be bothered to read them.
  • Re:SO WHAT ?!? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by bmo ( 77928 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @06:55AM (#41840277)

    Can you prove you are not one ?*

    Can you prove that you did not make a post just to be a contrarian jerk?


    The Enterprise is on topic for this page. Damage to the Enterprise *is* news for nerds. The Mona Lisa is not unless an article is discussing the chemical composition of the paints that is scientifically interesting. The burned out neighborhood of Breezy Point is not. Your first post should be modded into oblivion as flamebait/troll if not your second one.

    And calling you out as a troll is not an insult if you've behaved as one. Which you did.

    Posting with no karma bonus because meta-discussion is also off-topic.


  • Re:Kahn (Score:4, Insightful)

    by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @08:32AM (#41840779) Journal

    The most devastating ones always have female names, go figure :-)

    Tell that to Isaac and Andrew.

  • Re:I agree! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by realityimpaired ( 1668397 ) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @08:53AM (#41840957)

    I take it you're not black, gay, or a woman. People do still get killed in the US for being "other", but most people who aren't "other" don't tend to notice that it's still happening.

The party adjourned to a hot tub, yes. Fully clothed, I might add. -- IBM employee, testifying in California State Supreme Court