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Last Call: Tours of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building End February 11

January 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM | by | ()

Heading to Florida anytime soon? If not, you may want to consider a trip since tours through NASA's massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in Titusville are ending on February 11, 2014.

The reason for discontinuing the tours is simple: "As a working spaceflight facility, NASA is preparing the VAB for the new SLS launch systems for 2017."

Now that Space Shuttles have begun their retirement as static displays in several US cities, NASA is moving on to the next stage of space exploration with the Space Launch System (SLS). In order to develop and construct what will be space vehicles designed to lift 70-130 metric tons (and astronauts!) into orbit and, perhaps, even to Mars.

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Tis the Season to Sit on an Aircraft Carrier and Watch Free Movies

June 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM | by | ()

No plans for a Friday night in New York City? Have we got a recommendation for you.

2013 marks the 5th annual outdoor summer movie series at the USS Intrepid, where films are screened right on the open deck of the aircraft carrier for FREE. Basic admission to the Intrepid typically costs $24, and at least with the free screening you'll have the privilege of walking around the flight deck for nothing out-of-pocket.

This season sees six films on the docket, all with a central hero figure. Yes, you can chillax with a sub sandwich on the flight deck of the ship, right next to a slew of military fighter jets and helicopters, while watching Maverick pull aerial stunts in "Top Gun."

The 2013 screening schedule:

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The 'USS Intrepid' Weathered Hurricane Sandy and is Ready for Reopening

December 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

Hurricane Sandy was not kind to many areas of New York and New Jersey and, if you were a tent trying to ride out the storm, well...you can guess how that went. The photo above is the tented Space Shuttle Enterprise Pavilion onboard the Intrepid aircraft carrier, docked on Manhattan west side. Not only did the West Side Highway flood during the storm, but the winds destroyed the multi-million dollar enclosure and exhibit around the Space Shuttle, closing it down until further notice.

Here's what they had to say about damages:

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Save the Date for the Space Shuttle Endeavour's Grand LAX Arrival

August 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM | by | ()

The Enterprise lands at JFK

We know, we know. Just as New York City got its breath back back hyperventilating over the arrival of the Enterprise Space Shuttle, Los Angeles is all set to steal the thunder with their very own Shuttle arrival.

If the weather is good, expect the Space Shuttle Endeavour to land on the back of a NASA Boeing 747 (a bit like this) at LAX on September 20. Plane your plane spotting now!

From there, the LA Times has that the Endeavour will shack up in a United hangar at LAX until it makes its big move through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on October 12.

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Hanging Out in a Bubble with the Space Shuttle 'Enterprise'

August 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM | by | ()

It seems like only yesterday that NASA's Space Shuttle Enterprise was flying around the city atop a 747, then being towed by barge and hitting a railroad bridge. Sigh. Now our baby's all grown up and nearly one month into her retirement. Well, she's not really our baby but that of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum aircraft carrier docked on the west side of Manhattan.

$30 per adult ($28 if bought online) is the admission price to enter the Intrepid Museum and also the Space Shuttle; there is no just-Space-Shuttle ticket. So, what do you get for that? To find out, this past weekend we finally made it up and under the temperature-controlled tent the Enterprise calls hangar home.

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Mapping the Future Homes of the Four NASA Space Shuttles

April 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM | by | ()

Houston is so pissed right now. Why? Because they were passed over in NASA's decision on where to retire the four remaining space shuttles. Instead, four other US cities will welcome different crafts for permanent exhibits, reaping in the tourist dollars that follow anything space travel-related. Let's see who got what, shall we?

· Cape Canaveral, FL: The original home of the shuttles is Kennedy Space Center, so of course they get to keep one. The Space Shuttle Atlantis, which originally launched in 1985 and completed 35 flights, will settle in for posterity at the Visitor Center. Atlantis will fly again before powering down, with a final launch scheduled for June 28.

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