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Goodnight, Enterprise

April 27, 2012

Brit Trogen

Space geeks in the New York area this morning, turn your gaze skyward! The NASA space shuttle Enterprise is making its final flight. Is this the end of an era?

 

Up until now the shuttle was being held at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, but will soon be retired at the Intrepid in New York. It may never see space again (unless, of course, a Cylon invasion forces us to un-retire it...), but it will become a pretty cool attraction in the city. The exhibit will open in mid-July, and is described by the Intrepid's president, Susan Marenoff-Zausner, as fully interactive.

 

"When somebody comes to visit," Marenoff-Zausner says, "they will not only see the shuttle itself, but will have an engaging and interactive experience inside the pavilion." Probably the closest most of us will come to space (unless, of course, you're part of a rag-tag team of miners who is sent up to destroy an asteroid... Seriously.)

 

Some cool shots of the space shuttle:

 

 

 

Some awesome New Yorkers taking in the view:

 

 

 

Goodnight, you prince of Maine... you king of New England.

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