Space shuttle sails through New York Harbor
Space shuttle Enterprise is carried by barge underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Sunday in New York City.
June 4th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Space shuttle sails through New York Harbor

The space shuttle Enterprise took a journey more akin to those of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise than its orbital sister ships on Sunday.

The prototype shuttle floated on a barge through New York Harbor, from John F. Kennedy Airport en route to Bayonne, New Jersey.

There, it will be transferred to another barge, this one with a crane. On Tuesday, the second barge will carry it back up the Hudson and lift the shuttle onto the deck of the USS Intrepid Museum, a former aircraft carrier and Enterprise's final destination.

The Enterprise was flown into JFK on the back of a 747 on April 27.

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  1. pauln

    Grumman created the design specifications for the shuttle in the late 60"s. They builty the wing section, and many other NY companies built other sub-sections of the shuttle. NY deserves this and we can show it off to the World the best

    June 4, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. What

    Maybe our space programs wouldn't go over budget if they actually had a budget in the first place.. less than 1% of the national budget, we sure do care about moving forward!

    June 4, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      The decline did start under Bush with the shifting of funds. The first shuttle disaster was cuased by a lot of things but one that came to mind was the rush to get it up on one of the coldest days to not dispappoint the press and the other disaster occured with the oldest shuttle and was a result of money removed from the program that might have replaced the tiles. Conincidently both disasters happened under Republican admins.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    Wow

    Obama, Obama, Obama, let’s stop and think, he didn't create 2 wars, he didn't think about invading Iraq to get his hands on oil, he didn't crash the economy, what he did in actuality was give his buddies on wall street billions of dollars to cover up the money they stole from the people. All the shuttle has been doing is going to the space station to replenish goods at a great cost but whatever maybe Mitt can see it another way and steal more money and place in some "offshore" account

    June 4, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • no distractions, please

      Robert, please stay on topic.

      June 4, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • franklovesfl

      Obama has GOT to be crazy! He needs the poor to vote for him to get elected. So he creates ads to tell the poor that the rich are ripping them off. Seems OK so far.

      THEN he goes to rich people to get $$$ so he can buy ads to tell the poor to hate the rich.

      Makes my stomach ache.

      June 4, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • george zimmerman

      Us poor folks here in florida vote for people like Obama. I wont vote for Obama since he said his son would look like Travon Martin. Again it was self defense. I have a good defense team that will get this dropped and dismissed.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Motoman

    Josh, OV-95 is a *partial* mock-up that was used to test concepts. It didn't even have an OV designation originally, it's made of wood and plastic for goodness sakes. Are you seriously equating that thing to an orbiter?

    People interested in space travel go to Houston in Texas to see the Saturn V displays and Mission Control and the history behind NASA ...or the Johnson Space Center in Florida where these vehicles rode massive explosions into space. They do not go to LA or NY, who had nothing at all to do with the space program.

    The fact is that neither LA nor NY can afford to pay their existing bills and the upkeep these require, even as static displays, is significant. It seems inevitable that these national treasures will be neglected and wither away, especially the poor Entreprise which will be out in the elements, in the bitter New York climate, and surrounded by salt water. Brilliant, just flippin brilliant!

    Explain away to your heart's content but everyone knows that the intent is to teach Texas what happens when we refuse to chant 'Yes we can' on command. If that were not the case, Enterprise would be in Houston and OV-95 would be sent to rot on the carrier deck in NY.

    June 4, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • cdonohoe

      Could not have said it better. Discontent for merely destroying our nation's present, Obama's politics are now destroying our nation's history.

      June 4, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • justuandi

      LOL, they way you write I feel like you want Texas to be its own country

      June 4, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Froehlich

      First, there are many planes displayed on the Enterprise that seem to be doing just fine , year after year. Second, do you know why mission control was in Houston – ole' Lyndon Johnson twisted arms to get all that federal (our) money placed in Texas – bringing the bacon on home. Wouldn't want it in Florida next to the launch site. So don't make poor Texas the victim here. And as to where the tax money came from to build the entire shuttle system – well, I'm sure California and New York did their share.

      June 4, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Froehlich

      First, there are many planes displayed on the Enterprise that seem to be doing just fine , year after year. Second, do you know why mission control was in Houston – ole' Lyndon Johnson twisted arms to get all that federal (our) money placed in Texas – bringing the bacon on home. Wouldn't want it in Florida next to the launch site. So don't make poor Texas the victim here. And as to where the tax money came from to build the entire shuttle system – well, I'm sure California and New York did their share. Third, get over it.

      June 4, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • JimN

      Moto, that would be the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

      June 4, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Mayor_McCheese

      They wanted people to visit it. People got to NY and LA, they don't got to Houston for vacation. Also, a huge chunk of the tax money that paid for Enterprise came from NYC, a lot more than from Houston so I guess NYC maybe did have a bit to do about eh Shuttle.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Small correction. Johnson Space Center is in Houston, Kennedy Space Center is in Florida.

      June 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      > They do not go to LA or NY, who had nothing at all to do with the space program.

      You do know that all the shuttle orbiters were built, refurbished, and occasionally returned from orbit to land in LA County, right?

      June 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cdonohoe

    You're going to have to explain that one, justuandi. Space flight has been managed from Houston, Texas. To give Houston a mock-up is ridiculous when New York has had absolutely nothing to do with the program.

    June 4, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • everyone benefits

      Well, I've watched a number of space shuttle launches from various sidewalks all over Florida. Did you see one from your sidewalk in Houston? I'd say launches, at least, were definitely carried out in Florida. Other aspects of flight management occurred in a number of places. The fact that people in NY contributed to our space program through taxes (like everyone else) means they should share in the benefits too. Stop whining about where this particular shuttle ends up and rather look forward to the future as a unified population so we may all support space exploration and science during the present and in our future.

      June 4, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill Rodgers

    @Paul Froehlich

    Its not the Enterprise, its the Intrepid. Wrong carrier, wrong class.

    June 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Bill

    Beem me up scotty

    June 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. marie

    Our children can never dream of being astroauts, engineers, and builders of space craft thanks to our politicians. It's sad.

    June 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. cdonohoe

    The fact remains that Obama played politics here. NY doesn't deserve it, but they'll get it anyway because they vote Democrat. Sorry, Texas, when you stand for personal responsibility, you open yourselves to petty attacks from this administration.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. theykilledkenny

    Jim said... "the other disaster occured with the oldest shuttle and was a result of money removed from the program that might have replaced the tiles"...huh? Columbia crashed because a foam chunk fell off of the external fuel tank and punched a hole in the wing.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. jeff

    the shuttles should have gone to the houston and the air force museum in Dayton Ohio

    June 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Deskpro590

    Surprised CNN didn't report the damage that Enterprise suffered while in transit on that barge.....The wingtip scrapped a bridge support, purportedly because of wind sheer.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. mach37

    Mark (June 4 @ 8:15)- the shuttles never landed in LA County, they landed in Kern County at Edwards AFB.

    June 6, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jeremiah

    Has every one forgotten that the Orbiters were built in Palmdale. The SSMEs were designed and built in Conogo Park. Guess what those are both in the greater Los Angeles area.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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