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NASA ready to move shuttle Enterprise to New York -CNN 

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• Enterprise to move to new home


New York (CNN) -- Space shuttle Enterprise will fly past the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks Friday as it heads to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

The shuttle will be mounted atop a NASA 747 for the flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport. It will make passes over the Statue of Liberty, its new museum home and other landmarks before landing, according to NASA. The space agency said it will put the shuttle on a barge in a few weeks and float it up the Hudson River to its final home.

The shuttle, which has been on display at a Smithsonian Institute museum near Washington, is the latest to shift locations as NASA sends its fleet into retirement.
Discovery -- the most traveled of the shuttles -- is replacing Enterprise in the Smithsonian facility.

Completed in 1976, Enterprise never flew in space. It was designed as a prototype test vehicle and was used to test shuttle equipment, atmospheric flight and landings.

The shuttle was originally to be named the Constitution, but a write-in campaign staged by fans of the television series "Star Trek" persuaded officials to rename it in honor of the show's main starship.

NASA sent the shuttle on a tour of Europe and Canada in 1983, and it also appeared in the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans. It made a brief return to service as a ground test vehicle in 1984 before retiring to the Smithsonian's collection in 1985.
NASA is preparing to fly space shuttle Endeavour to Los Angeles sometime in the second half of the year. Atlantis is being readied for display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

The other two shuttles in the NASA program, Challenger and Columbia, were destroyed in flight.
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