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.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

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.

Comments (7)
  1. Jandermn says:

    The shuttle represents the terrific efforts of the manned space center in Houston. Texas is a place that people all over the world know and should be the place for a permanent shuttle display.

    1. duh says:

      It’s not Texas but hopefully New York is a place that people all over the world know lol. Bless your heart!

  2. iggy says:

    i’m kvelling

  3. Josh says:

    As per the CBS article on 4/12, “Museum officials estimate the shuttle will bring in more than one million visitors each year.” However, the official website of the Intrepid Museum states that the Sea, Air & Space Museum draws 915,000 visitors each year. Someone, somewhere is speaking out of their anus and shame on CBS for not fact checking a basic statement… again.

    1. Michael H. says:

      Simple math. They bring in 915k now. They have a conservative estimated increase in visitation of 30%. 915k plus 30% is 1,189,500.

      More than a million.

  4. Tyler Cook says:

    Im so excited. I can hardly wait. Whoops

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