“Space Shuttle Enterprise: A Pioneer” -- a new exhibition that explores the history of Enterprise and its critical role in the development of the space shuttle -- will open to the public on Thursday, January 17 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
In April 2012 the space shuttle Enterprise arrived in New York City and in July 2012, Enterprise joined the collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in a temporary climate controlled Space Shuttle Pavilion on the Flight Deck. However in late October, Hurricane Sandy damaged the pavilion, and as a result, Enterprise itself is not currently on public display. But “Space Shuttle Enterprise: A Pioneer” provides an introduction to Enterprise with compelling artifacts of the era, archival images, and video clips to illustrate the history and significance of this prototype orbiter.
The exhibition celebrates the pilots and engineers who contributed to the Enterprise story, as well as the technological innovations that helped to make it an icon of the space program. This exhibition will also include photographs crowd sourced from the public who have documented Enterprise’s journey from its origins in the 1970s to its expedition to the Intrepid Museum last spring. The exhibition will be open to the public through Spring 2013.
The exhibition is free with the price of admission to the museum. The museum is currently offering a Gift of Intrepid “buy one, get one free” promotion through February 15, 2013. The special social media offer is available to those who are Facebook fans of the Museum or those who follow the museum on Twitter. Visitors must print and bring with them the special coupon posted. For more information, visit
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