Bad news, New York City-based space enthusiasts: You'll have to wait a few more days before Space Shuttle Enterprise takes to the skies over Gotham.
NASA was planning to fly the shuttle to New York on Monday morning, but bad weather might delay the event until at least next Wednesday. It turns out weather delays can ruin shuttle missions even when they're not bound for space.
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"To ensure a safe flight for Enterprise and the SCA," said NASA in a statement, "NASA managers, in consultation with the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, decided Friday to delay the flight because of inclement weather predicted in both New York and Washington, where the flight will originate."
Enterprise has been living at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport. The Smithsonian recently acquired space shuttle Discovery, and Enterprise is being sent to New York's Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum.
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The shuttle will be carried to New York atop a modified Boeing 747, which will tour the skies above Manhattan before landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Discovery made a similar aerial trek over Washington, D.C. earlier this week.
Mashable will be on the scene when Enterprise makes its final flight.
Enterprise was the first shuttle ever built -- but it was only a prototype. Without heat shields or engines, spaceflight would've been impossible for the aircraft.
Photo courtesy of Richard B. Almon
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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