Space Shuttle Enterprise goes on display in New York

The Space Shuttle Enterprise exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum opens to the public in New York City.

Several months after its high-profile fly-by of the New York City skyline, the Space Shuttle Enterprise has landed on display at a New York exhibit presented by the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The show finally opened to the public today.

The Enterprise has found its final home on the USS Intrepid. For now, it's housed in a temporary pavilion; the museum is planning a more permanent structure in the future.

The space shuttle was unveiled as part of Samsung's SpaceFest week at the museum, which also included the "launch" of the company's newest product, the 75-inch ES9000 television .

The Space Shuttle Enterprise, the first of the six space shuttles, is now on display in New York. Sarah Tew/CNET

Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid Museum said the space shuttle would serve as an invaluable learning tool for the schoolchildren who visit.

"We are just so proud to be able to have the Enterprise now, as this brings...a whole new dimension to our ability to excite the kids," she said.

The Enterprise is the original prototype for NASA's space shuttle program and, though it never saw space, it was instrumental in determining the cause of the Columbia disaster, as well as supplying spare parts to the other five shuttles.

Click through to the photo gallery below for more information on the space shuttle and a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibit.

 

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