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Space Shuttle Enterprise makes its final journey to Intrepid Museum (PHOTOS)


The space shuttle Enterprise is lifted by a crane on to the USS Intrepid on June 6, 2012 in New York City. Upon the Intrepid, the space shuttle will be on display for viewing by the general public. The British Airways Concorde is seen in the foreground.


Andrew Burton

Space Shuttle Enterprise took one final voyage on Wednesday, making its way to New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, NBC News New York reported

Though the Shuttle, which was used in several NASA test missions in the 1970s, has never been to outer space, it made quite the trek to its new home, CNN reported, starting at Smithsonian Institution museum near Washington, flying above New York on top of a 747 jumbo jet, and finally, being pulled up the Hudson River by barge to the museum where it will be on display for the public, according to CNN. 

It toured Queens and Brooklyn on Sunday pulled by a tugboat, passing by Coney Island before docking in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey.

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Enterprise suffered some minor damage on Sunday, according to Reuters: Heavy winds knicked the Shuttle's right wing against a railroad bridge, according to NBC News, but it has since been repaired.

The space shuttle was originally scheduled to arrive at the Intrepid Tuesday, but was delayed by bad weather, reported

In April 2011, NASA announced its plans to retire its fleet of space shuttles to New York, Virginia, California and Florida, Reuters reported. The Discovery is taking the Enterprise's place at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Virginia, and Endeavour will be flown to Los Angeles sometime in the second half of the year, according to CNN. Atlantis is being prepared for display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

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NASA's other two shuttles, Challenger and Columbia, were destroyed in flight, according to CNN. 

Originally named "Constitution" in honor of the bicentennial of the US Constitution, the Enterprise got its current name after a fierce letter-writing campaign by Star Trek fans convinced officials to rename it after Captain Kirk and Mr Spock's fictitious spaceship, according to Reuters. 

It's exhibition on the Intrepid — itself a former World War II aircraft carrier — is set to open to the public mid-July, according to NBC News.