This past Friday New York City welcomed the Space Shuttle Enterprise. The Enterprise was being transported from the Smithsonian Institute Steven F. Udavar-Hazy Center in northern Virginia to the Intrepid Air & Space Museum. The Smithsonian recently received the Space Shuttle Discovery for their display.
As part of the transport, the Enterprise was flown around the city on the back of a NASA 747. It became an event not just for spaceheads and NASA fans, but for the entire city with the most widely used hashtag being #SpotTheShuttle on Twitter.
While I did get to see the shuttle fly south through New York Harbor towards the Verrazano Bridge, after it had already been up through Manhattan, a bugscreen over a barred window prevented me from getting any sort of good photo. So I had to settle for a photo of myself with the television and live the glory vicariously through the photos of others.
I also had the opportunity two years ago to see the Enterprise at the Smithsonian Institute. I’m looking forward to being able to see it this summer at the Intrepid. My great claim to fame, at least as far as Enterprise is concerned, will be seeing it in two different states.