Today, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum unveiled its special exhibition Space Shuttle Enterprise: A Pioneer that explores Enterprise’s critical role in the development of the space shuttle program.
In 1976, NASA unveiled a new type of space vehicle. The space shuttle was a reusable spacecraft that launched as a rocket and landed on a runway like an airplane. NASA intended that the space shuttle would usher in a new era of frequent and cost-effective spaceflights. The orbiter Enterprise, the first of these revolutionary spacecraft, was a test vehicle whose important contributions to the shuttle program were realized within Earth’s atmosphere.
In July 2012, Enterprise joined the collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Hurricane Sandy damaged the Museum’s Space Shuttle Pavilion. As a result, Enterprise itself is not currently on public display. Space Shuttle Enterprise: A Pioneer provides a brief introduction to Enterprise with compelling artifacts of the era, archival images, and video clips to illustrate the history and significance of this prototype orbiter.
The exhibition celebrates the pilots and engineers who contributed to the Enterprise story, as well as the technological innovations that helped to make Enterprise an icon of the space program.
Space Shuttle Enterprise: A Pioneer is on display in Intrepid Museum’s Hangar Deck 2 Gallery and is free with general admission. Click here for additional information.