It’s a big month for NYC star attractions. The Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public on July 4th, and the USS Enterprise is back in business on Wed., July 10th at the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum. While the statue and the space shuttle were not damaged by Superstorm Sandy last October, pier areas, walkways, and electrical systems were, along with the original structure that covered and protected the spaceship.
The USS Enteprise is the original NASA orbiter that paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program. It is joined by a Russian Soyuz space capsule in the new Space Shuttle Pavillion. Visitors will still be able to walk underneath Enterprise ,which sits 10 feet off of the ground, view her from a larger observation platform, and view a film narrated by actor Leonard Nimoy, who is best known as Dr. Spock from the original TV Star Trek, helping pilot the spacecraft named – you guessed it – USS Enterprise.
In addition to Enterprise and Suyoz, the Intrepid Space Shuttle Pavilion features sights, sounds and stories of the space shuttle program, including snippets of audio between NASA control and Enterprise astronauts, a programmed demonstration stage, and exhibits highlighting shuttle program spin-offs.
Check the Intrepid Museum website for additional information, and some really neat video of the Enterprise arriving in New York City, from hitching a ride on a giant jet plane to JFK Airport, then floating through New York harbor atop a giant barge.