All eyes will be trained on the retiring space shuttle Enterprise which is expected to fly over New York City on Friday morning if Mother Nature cooperates.
The arrival of NASA’s space shuttle, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was delayed due to stormy weather.
NASA said in a statement, "Managers shifted the flight from Wednesday to Friday because of a large region of low pressure dominating the East Coast. The weather is predicted to be more favorable Friday."
A spectacular flyover
Strapped onto the back of a NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) Enterprise will fly to New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport from suburban Washington's Dulles International where it has been on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
The legendary aircraft mounted atop the specially modified Boeing jet will cruise at a low altitude over several city landmarks.
In an earlier press release, NASA stated, “If all goes as planned, the aircraft is expected to fly near a variety of landmarks in the metropolitan area, including the Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.”
After the spectacular flyover over New York City, the shuttle will spend a few months at JKF.
In early June, the shuttle will be placed on a barge that will be moved by tugboat up the Hudson River to its permanent home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Matt Woods of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum stated, “We’re going to design an experience around the outside of the shuttle, but we’ll be able to walk under ours here.
“We’ll build some ramp systems, where you can see it from different angles, create a nice lightshow and a defined exhibit route with interactive audio-visuals — create a whole experience.”
4 NASA shuttles going into retirement
The shuttle is one of four being sent to various museums across the country.
Last week, Discovery headed to its final destination as an exhibit at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.
Atlantis will be sent to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex at Cape Canaveral for public display and Endeavour will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.