The Next Time You Can View the Space Shuttle Will Be July 19
This last week brought some serious excitement to the shores of the New York City area, as the retired NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise traveled by barge from JFK International Airport to its final resting place aboard the Intrepid aircraft carrier on Manhattan's west side. The tens of thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) who came out with their cameras, binoculars and umbrellas to #spottheshuttle now have but one question: When can the public see the shuttle again?
The short answer is July 19, according to a banner hanging from the Intrepid. That'll be the date when the newly created Space Shuttle exhibit and tour debuts on the deck of the aircraft carrier. The long answer is that it'll likely open a tad bit earlier, for VIP viewings and what surely will be quite a celebratory shindig. Until all that, the crew at the Intrepid Museum will build a "space pavilion" around the craft, protecting it from the elements (though, sadly, too late to protect it from railway bridges).
If you're looking forward to getting all up in there in mid-July, you do need to be aware that tickets for the Intrepid Museum do not include the Space Pavilion; for entrance to both, you'll need to lay out for the package tickets that give admission to both. The difference in price is small$28 gets you both Museum and Space Pavilion, while $22 is only the Museum.
Advance ticketing is highly recommended, as the surest way to see Enterprise this summer will be by purchasing tickets on the official site, for your specific, preferred date. Good news! There is still availability for July 19so get on it!
[Photo: nasa hq on Flickr]