NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – After completing an extensive lobbying effort to bring the now retired Enterprise shuttle to the USS Intrepid, museum officials will now have to raise funds to complete the mission.
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Hours after landing the shuttle, the officials launched a campaign to raise about $40 million. That money will be used to move the Enterprise here and build a glass enclosure to house it.
Museum President Susan Marenoff Souzner expects it’ll be worth every penny.
“We studied based on what the Concord did for the museum several years ago which had actually increased attendance about 20 percent,” she said. “We anticipate that this on a conservative basis would increase the attendance about 30 percent.”
She said the shuttle will also boost tourism for other attractions here in the city.
For now, they’ll have to raise the money so they can afford to bring everything with the shuttle to the city.
“It will have other artifacts inside the building so that the entire shuttle story can be told,” she said.