FACT: The Space Shuttle Enterprise is now in NYC.
She flew along The North River (aka The Hudson River) yesterday morning, which I witnessed with my very own eyes.
FACT: Pier 84 was crowded with excited spectators.
FACT: We eagerly stared down river, watching for first sight.
FALSEHOOD: Someone yelled “You’re all looking the wrong way!” and everyone turned and gazed to the North.
FACT: We had Twitter. We knew Enterprise was coming from the South, from the Statue of Liberty.
FACT: We were right! Here’s my first sighting! What did those birds think?
TRIVIA: One of my favorite books as a itty bitty girl was “Are You My Mother?” – where a baby bird thought all things were its mother.
FALSEHOOD: Maybe those birds thought Enterprise was their mother – nah!
FACT: Somehow mounted onto a giant 747 jumbo jet, the Enterprise got closer and closer – flying low and slow.
Overhead the two crafts were a truly awesome sight.
FACT: the amazing duo headed North
towards the George Washington Bridge, then finally out of sight.
FACT: Until they flew back south past us again, then on their way to JFK Airport.
“Welcome to New York, and thanks for the show.”
TRIVIA: Completed in 1976, Enterprise was designed as a prototype test vehicle. Test pilots demonstrated that it could fly and land in the atmosphere like airplanes, but the Enterprise never flew in space.
TRIVIA: The shuttle was originally to be named the Constitution, but a write-in campaign by fans of the television series “Star Trek” persuaded officials to rename it in honor of the show’s main starship.
TRIVIA: There have been 6 Shuttles:
1976 – Enterprise – now to be displayed in NYC at the Intrepid Museum.
1981 – Columbia – disintegrated during re-entry 2003; all 7 crew members died.
1983 – Challenger – disintegrated 73 seconds after launch 1986; all 7 crew members died.
1984 – Discovery – now to be displayed at the The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM)’s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport).
1985 – Atlantis – now to be displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex near Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1992 – Endeavour – now to be displayed at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California.
TRIVIA: NASA announced it would transfer space-worthy orbiters to education institutions or museums at the conclusion of the Space Shuttle program. Each museum or institution is responsible for covering theUS$28.8 million cost of preparing and transporting each vehicle for display. Twenty museums from across the country submitted proposals for receiving one of the retired orbiters.
TRIVIA: NASA retired the Space Shuttle in 2011, after 30 years of service.
What a thrill it’s been. I can’t wait until The Enterprise is floated by barge on the Hudson River and lifted by cranes onto the Intrepid.
From the Intrepid website:
“In June, Enterprise will then be craned onto the flight deck and our new Space Shuttle Pavilion will be built around her, with an expected public opening in mid July.”
Welcome to New York, and thanks for the show!!