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NASA Meets The Big Apple – Space Shuttles – Facts, Falsehoods & Trivia

28 Apr

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!!




William Shatner’s “The Captains” – Debut Screening One Week From Tonight On The Intepid

23 Jul

One week from tonight, there will be a free screening of the movie “The Captains” on The Intrepid.

Hosted live by William Shatner himself!

Here’s what you need to know about the film:

The Captains – an Epix Original Documentary produced and directed by William Shatner. In The Captains, he travels the world to connect with each of the actors who have played Captains over the long life of the Star Trek franchise. Shatner recalls his own experiences in the role that made him a star by interviewing Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks and Chris Pine while interweaving clips from their respective shows and movies.”

You’ll sit yourself down on the flight deck of The Intrepid, cozy in, and watch the movie.

The Intrepid (located at 12th Avenue & 46th Street in Manhattan) hosts movie nights throughout the summer. You can check out the info here.

Here’s a photo from their website showing a past event:

But, this is a special screening – a New York City debut.

This website tells us all the details. Like:


FREE Outdoor Screening of The Captains, an EPIX Pictures presentation produced and directed by William Shatner with a in-person appearance and introduction by the legend himself.


Saturday, July 30th, 2011
Doors open at 7:30PM
Festivities start at sundown


Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
One Intrepid Square
12th Ave and 46th Street
New York, NY 10036


Grab you phaser (set to stun of course), strap on your best Klingon armor and get down to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Saturday evening. Everyone in attendance wearing Star Trek gear has a chance to win:
* A commemorative The Captains movie poster to the first 1,000 guests arriving in costume
* Limited edition The Captains t-shirts for top costume efforts
* The chance to meet and get a photo taken with William Shatner for the night’s best dressed


Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited.
Screening is an outdoor event and as such is subject to adverse weather conditions. Alcohol is prohibited from being carried into the museum.

Of course, prepare for the heat. Even at sundown, it will likely be mighty HOT.

This was our local gas station temperature reading yesterday at about 2:00 pm:

DISCLAIMER: Their thermometer sits directly in the sun, so its reading is slightly higher than the actual temperature. It was ONLY 104 degrees here in NYC yesterday.

Next Saturday evening (7/30), on the flight deck of The Intrepid, it may be be HOT.

Speaking of HOT, I wonder if Scott Bakula will be in attendance?   : )    : )    : )

Get your costume ready! I will remind you again next week, but I wanted to give all you Trekkies a heads-up!



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