NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Intrepid Museum will be the proud recipient of the Enterprise space shuttle, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Tuesday.

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The Enterprise was built as a test shuttle, and never actually made it into orbit. It piggybacked on various 747s and also was used to practice landings. For more information about the Enterprise, click here.

“We are excited and honored to have been chosen as a home for the Enterprise, and to help perpetuate the legacy of one of our country’s greatest technological achievements,” Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, said in a statement.

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Museum officials estimate the shuttle will bring in more than one million visitors each year.

As part of its lobbying effort to bring the Shuttle here, the Intrepid released renderings of what their display would look like.

Schumer was a champion of the move, and said the Intrepid is a logical place for a shuttle.

“The shuttle has landed right where it belongs: on the Intrepid,” Schumer said. “Putting the shuttle on the Intrepid will ignite the imaginations of millions of young minds, inspiring them to think big and reach for the stars.”

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Gillibrand agreed, saying “As the cultural and economic capital of our nation, New York City has the right stuff to create a world class exhibit attracting millions of visitors and school children.”

The Intrepid plans to build a glass hangar on neighboring Pier 86 to protect the shuttle from the elements. The enclosure would include multiple platforms to give visitors different perspectives on the shuttle.

It won’t come cheap, though: each institution that gets a shuttle has to pay NASA $29 million to cover preparation and transfer costs.

The retiring shuttles are going to the Smithsonian Institution for its branch in northern Virginia, the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

Would you go see a space shuttle at the Intrepid? Sound off in our comments section.

Comments (32)
  1. Chris says:

    Yes let’s give NY something else to attract tourists, like they need something else. If anything it should have stayed at the Smithsonian.

    As for Enterprise being a ‘real’ shuttle or not, the only reason it didn’t make it into orbit was that it would have cost more of our tax dollars to convert it than to take spares from the other shuttles to build Endeavor.

  2. craig says:

    What is wrong with you people. As a fellow New Yorker it makes sick to hear you people talk down about the shuttle enterprise. Whether it actually went to space or not shouldn’t matter. It was our first shuttle, and its name sake alone makes it the best! Whether we are talking about the shuttle, the aircraft carrier, the cutter ship or any of the other vehicles that carry this prestigeous name, you should be honored to have it. Without the shuttle enterprise the others might not have ever been built, let alone fly. Just like without the enterprise aircraft carrier we might all be speaking japanese right now. I can’t wait for the exhibit to open and I can only hope that the name continues to be placed on ships that carry our hopes and beliefs for a better world. Texas, you’ve done your job keeping them safe in the air, let us watch over them now. Don’t be greedy, your children can learn from command central, let ours at least get to experience part of the magnificense that are the shuttles…

  3. John says:

    NO not everyone comes out a winner Houston has done more than any other city and this is how we are treated, just because Texas is a rebuplican state should have nothing to do with the decision, So all the hard work done here in Houston and the LIves lost was for nothing, Thanks Obama we know you hate us but you don’t have to show the whole country, first you attack our oil industry and NASA and now we don’t get a shuttle, you will forever be hated here in Houston, and New York if you are mad about getting a prototype shuttle, give it to us in Houston, will take good care of it and receive it with open arms and not cry about, your city has done nothing for space.

      1. Chuck says:

        Houston has had enough benefit from NASA through the jobs. The fact that NY pays the lions share of federal taxes to a Federal Government and that we believe in having a Federal Government must have helped. Go figure. We work very hard here to pay the taxes that have created your jobs in NASA so its time for the recognition. Think about that the next time your republican state votes for smalller government. Additionally, more people go to cultural and educational establishments in New York by far. Texans clearly don’t appreciate education or culture.

  4. Colin Jones says:

    Let’s face it, they can’t even look after the prized Concorde they have. It is reported that Concorde will be moved to accommodate the Shuttle. When Concorde arrived at Intrepid they promised a purpose built glass dome for it, that never materialized!

  5. Lou says:

    Houston Deserves it…NYC doesnt…PERIOD

  6. Dave Frieder says:

    The Enterprise is only a Mock-Up! It never flew in space nor did it ever leave a launch pad. Big deal.

  7. Intrepid Docent says:

    This is a big win for the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum and NYC.
    The Intrepid staff, and New Yorkers worked hard to get a space
    shuttle, so millions of people can enjoy it

  8. RC says:

    Sorry New York. You don’t even deserve a shuttle in your museum. Your state and city had little to do with the shuttle museum.

    The shuttles were built and landed in California, launched from Florida, and the mission training and command were in Texas.

    The oldest shuttle, the Atlantis, should go to the Smithsonian for the nation to see. And the Enterprise or another shuttle should go to Texas. Your political pull is the only reason that you got this shuttle. If you don’t like the fact that it didn’t go into space, give it to a city that actually care for it.

    1. RC says:

      Typo – should be “Your state and city had little to do with the shuttle PROGRAM”.

    2. Intrepid Vounteer says:

      The Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum in New York City, is a great venue
      for the space shuttle. 20 million Americans live within a 30 mile radius, and millions of tourist visit NYC every year.

      The Intrepid participated in the NASA manned space program, recovering both
      Mercury, and Gemini astronauts.

    3. vaxmaxq says:

      “The oldest shuttle, the Atlantis”. After Enterprise, which is older than the rest of the orbiter fleet, Discovery is the oldest followed by Atlantis and then the replacement to Challenger, Endeavour.

    4. Chuck says:

      Again, go vote for a smaller government. You did your own jobs in at NASA.

  9. Gene J. Mikulka says:

    Enterprise will be a tremendous asset to New York Metro area and I for one can’t wait to see it at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum. I was child watching the Enterprise undergo it’s glide test flights, paving the way for it’s sister ships. I never thought this grand ship would one day be in my back yard. The New York Metro Area should be honored to host this national treasure.

    To those complaining that Enterprise was not a flown Orbiter, be happy you got anything at all. I know people who work at the Johnson Spaceflight Center outside Houston Texas that would welcome Enterprise with open arms. These are the people who trained the Shuttle astronauts and watched over the safety of the ships and crew’s while on orbit. For their dedication and hard work, they are receiving mere Obiter Seats.

    Celebrate New York, you have a new and special resident coming.

  10. James says:

    Listen folks, before you get too exited. We got a shuttle that never went to space, is being given to us from the museum in Virginia who will now get a shuttle that has been to space. In addition, we get soaked with a 29 million dollar fee for dismantling and bringing it to New York. We’ve been had. Leave thus shuttle in it’s current location and bring us the one who can walk the walk and talk the talk. We would have been better off purchasing the jet that Capt. Sully landed on the Hudson. That plane was recently up for sale at a bargain basement price. It’s a plane that refused to sink near the intrepid. What a great tribute that would have been for a true New York story rather than an imitation shuttle that was already on display somewhere else and who will now get the real deal while we get the phony shuttle with a 29 million dollar shipping and handling fee. What a disgrace.

    1. Brian says:

      James, Enterprise is a huge, and important piece of the Shuttle program. Without Enterprise and it’s test flights there would be no Shuttle Program. BEFORE ANY Shuttle Launches, Enterprise had to test the ability to land.

      Would I have loved to get Atlantis, Discovery, or Endeavor? OF COURSE! But I’d rather have Enterprise than a test fuselage.

    2. Gene Mikulka says:


      If you think that New York Should not have this national treasure, I know a a whole lot of people in Houston Texas that would gladly take Enterprise with open arms.

      To call Enterprise an imitation is also not accurate. Enterprise ( which was first named Constitution but due to a letter writing campaign by Star Trek fans it was re-named Enterprise) Was the prototype Orbiter. She was flown by Astronauts Fred Haise and Gordon Fullerton in August 1977 for aerodynamic glide tests. Enterprise was also involved in staking tests at the Kennedy Space Center, and at Vandenberg Air Force Base when NASA was contemplating launching Shuttles from that site. She paved the way for Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour.

      Enterprise would also play a role during the Challenger and Columbia accident investigations.

      To call Enterprise a “fake” Orbiter is just incorrect.

  11. HL BISE says:

    This is great news for NYC & those Hudson Rivers towns in NJ!

  12. James T. Knickerbocker says:

    Enterprise in NYC; Now I will really have something to see from my window!

  13. DaTruth says:

    yes another tourist attraction for nyc….and the earnings from that will go…….where?

  14. Homeless in Seattle says:

    Too bad Bloom berg’s Bagel Boys couldn’t give a few shekels to all the thousands of record high homeless population of men women and children through out NYC. Instead of this tourist magnet,

  15. MIKE says:

    OH this would be an INCREDIBLE IDEA

    1. Chyrise Taylor says:

      YEA!! we get the original! It was named after the cutter ship and the naval ship and of course the MOST famous Enterprise of them ALL…. the Star Ship!!!! Star Trek fans (including me) FLOODED NASA with suggestions for the name of their first orbiter and they chose the name to be ENTERPRISE WOO HOO!!!

  16. ROBERT DEWITT says:


  17. jerseyjoey says:

    And everyone who paid taxes should see the shuttle for free, remember it was mine and your taxes that paid for the program once already.

    1. Michael H. says:

      You’re already reaping the benefits of the space shuttle. GPS satellites, weather satellites, communications satellites, defense satellites, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

      Get it? Got it? Good.

    2. niklu52 says:

      You can see the shuttle for free…… you just have to pay to get onto the Intrepid.

  18. David says:

    The 3 shuttles available should go to Nasa, to Dayton, OH, and to the Intrepid. Nasa should keep Endeavour, the Atlantis should go to Dayton (US Air Force Museum and home of the Wright Brothers), and the Enterprise should come to Intrepid when the Smithsonian switches it out for Discovery.

  19. Al "Obi-Wan" Chiu says:

    Space, the final frontier… These are the voyages of the space shuttle Enterprise. It’s continuing mission, to seek out new minds and new people to inspire, and boldly go where no one has gone before.

    May the force be with us in getting it to NYC.

  20. NancyEliz Maldonado says:

    I would definately go, over, over, over and over again. And just think, it would be such a learning tool for children. More than that, it would be great for people who have wished to see it all their lives and couldn’t afford the trip to the NASA Space Center. I definately hope it happens and wish those involved the best of luck. Just think, a Space Shuttle Club could be started in NYC. Peace Nancy

  21. AL says:

    I would totally go to see the space shuttle if it was on display at the Intrepid. I think bringing it to NYC is a great idea.

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