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Monday, April 30, 2012

NASA Transports Space Shuttle Enterprise to New York

My tribute to the end of the Space Shuttle era is lasting longer than I imagined. Here is excellent NASA video of Space Shuttle Enterprise heading off to New York City and its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. What you see here is the only way Enterprise ever flew. She was a testbed model that was launched off the back of the modified 747 to test the shuttle's flight capabilities. Enjoy your spacecraft New York!

I hope you stick around the the later part of this video. One speaker points out that this is not the end for human spaceflight. Both the Orion and Dragon capsules are either under construction or being tested. Dragon flies a mission to the International Space Station starting May 7 if all goes well. Each will be capable of taking humans much farther than the Space Shuttles could ever fly. Given the name of this shuttle, there's another speaker at the end you'll want to see if you're a fan of another Enterprise.

Thanks NASA for some beautiful footage.

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