US Space Shuttle Enterprise On Way to NY

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space shuttle Enterprise is hitching a ride to New York Friday on a jumbo jet — NASA's second shuttle flyover in just two weeks after Discovery traveled to replace Enterprise at a Washington area museum.

The U.S. space agency had planned to transport Enterprise earlier this week, but the trip had to be postponed because of bad weather.

The 747 jet carrying Enterprise took off Friday morning from Dulles International Airport outside Washington.

Just as Discovery recently flew over Washington landmarks, Enterprise will fly over high-profile locations in New York, including the Statue of Liberty, before landing at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Enterprise will later make its new home in Manhattan's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, while Discovery is now on display in its old home — the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center outside Washington.

Enterprise was used as an Earth-bound test vehicle and never flew into space.

NASA retired its shuttle fleet last year to focus on developing the next generation of spacecraft that will travel beyond low earth orbit.