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Space Shuttle Enterprise Lands on the Intrepid

By Mathew Katz | June 6, 2012 11:41am | Updated on June 6, 2012 4:16pm
The space shuttle Enterprise floats up the Hudson on June 6, 2012.
The space shuttle Enterprise floats up the Hudson on June 6, 2012.
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NEW YORK CITY — The shuttle has landed.

After making its way up the Hudson, the Space Shuttle Enterprise arrived on its new home on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.

The shuttle left Weeks Marine in New Jersey at just after 10 a.m. and got to the museum at noon. From there, it was lifted by crane and placed on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier-turned-museum.

The lark of seeing a spaceship on the water delighted New Yorkers throughout the morning, who took to Twitter to post shots of it using the hashtag #SpotTheShuttle.

"Perks of being downtown means I get to see the space shuttle drive by on a boat," tweeted Taylor Riggs.

"Much cooler when it flew by though."

The prototype shuttle, which never flew in space and was used largely for test flights within Earth's atmosphere, will eventually find a permanent home at a new museum across from the Intrepid. It came to the city on the back of specially outfitted 747 in April.

The Enterprise is one of four shuttles being sent to various museums across the country. Three others that did make it into space will be housed in Florida, Los Angeles, and Virginia.

The shuttle has slowly made its way around the city on a barge since it left JFK Airport on Sunday. The final leg of the trip was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed by weather.