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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is housed on the retired aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, moored on the banks of the Hudson River in New York. It's the new home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, and CNET attended a preview of an exhibit devoted to the spacecraft.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

The opening of the new space shuttle exhibit is hailed as the Samsung SpaceFest and coincides with the release of Samsung's new ES9000 television.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

The space shuttle exhibit sits on the deck of the Intrepid and is visible from the road.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

CNET was lucky enough to get a preview before the crowds, but you can imagine this entrance hall will be filled with people now that the show is open to the public.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

The Space Shuttle Enterprise fills the entire pavilion and is impressively large. It was originally known as the Constitution, but President Gerald Ford agreed to rename the craft the Enterprise after a letter campaign from "Star Trek" fans.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

Unfortunately, you can't actually enter the shuttle, but there is a viewing platform set up at the nose of the craft where you can almost see inside. Almost.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

The Space Shuttle Enterprise never saw space, and was used in initial test flights in the late '70s. NASA's original intention was to convert the shuttle to space-worthiness, but this proved too costly and it ended up being cannibalized for parts for the other shuttles. Note the small hatch at the top left; that's the exit.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

The cockpit is about two stories from the ground. Here it's seen from the viewing platform.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

The Enterpise's tail lacks the rocket booster engines needed for space travel.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

After the Columbia disaster in 2003, the Enterprise was used to determine the reason behind the tragedy. Here's a section of the craft that was laid with the tiles used on the Columbia; the tiles covering the underside of the rest of the Enterprise are "simulated" and weren't built to withstand re-entry.

The new tiled section of the craft was bombarded with foam blocks (like what fell from the Challenger at launch) to test the tiles' ability to withstand impacts. At the top left, you can see the damage caused.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

CNET's David Katzmaier is impressed by the shuttle's sheer size.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

Though it's on a "spacecraft," the landing gear looks similar to what you might find on any commercial airliner.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

The Enterprise prototype was the first of six shuttles, which also included the Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavour, and Atlantis. The final mission of the Atlantis ended July 21 2011, and officially marked the finish of the 30-year-old space shuttle program.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

Big wheels.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

The hall will undergo several improvements over the next few months, including further educational exhibits for children.
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Space shuttle exhibit opens

Samsung SpaceFest

Space bubble

Inside the bubble

Space Shuttle Enterprise

Viewing deck

Test vehicle

The cockpit

The tail

Testing tiles

Awe inspiring

Landing gear

The Enterprise

Detail of the landing gear

Educational materials

Enterprise's final resting place

The USS Intrepid is the final resting place of the Enterprise, but the large, inflatable hall that houses the new exhibit isn't a permanent structure. The museum intends to build a dedicated housing for the shuttle in the next couple of years.
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