Superstorm deflates Intrepid's shuttle pavilion

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The space shuttle Enterprise is draped with cloth that had protected it before Superstorm Sandy passed though, leaving the spacecraft shrouded on the deck of  the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, at its dock on the Hudson River in New York, Tuesday, Oct, 30, 2012. Sandy, the storm which was downgraded from a hurricane just before making landfall, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
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The space shuttle Enterprise is draped with cloth that had protected it before Superstorm Sandy passed though, leaving the spacecraft shrouded on the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, at its dock on the Hudson River in New York, Tuesday, Oct, 30, 2012. Sandy, the storm which was downgraded from a hurricane just before making landfall, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

NEW YORK (AP) — The superstorm has caused the Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to deflate.

A statement from museum president Susan Marenoff-Zausner says unprecedented levels of water on the Hudson River flooded both the museum's main power source and backup generators Monday.

She says the resulting power problem caused the pavilion, which is like a giant bubble of material that houses the shuttle Enterprise, to deflate.

The shuttle Enterprise itself was draped in protective cloth.

Marenoff-Zausner says rebuilding will begin when it's safe enough to work, but that the museum is closed for now.

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