|The Space Shuttle Pavilion, featuring Enterprise, the original NASA orbiter that paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program, is scheduled to reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 10, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue) , in Manhattan. The Space Shuttle Pavilion reopening ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place at 10:00am on the Flight Deck and will feature a presentation to the Museum of the National Historic Register Certificate for Enterprise. The Museum will open at 9:00am to allow access to the ceremony, and the Space Shuttle Pavilion will then be open to the public starting immediately after the ceremony.
The new Space Shuttle Pavilion, which replaces the original structure that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, is currently being constructed around Enterprise and will be completed over the coming weeks. Visitors will still be able to walk underneath Enterprise which sits 10 feet off of the ground, view Enterprise from a larger observation platform and view a film narrated by actor Leonard Nimoy.
In addition to Enterprise, the Pavilion will be the new home to the Russian Soyuz space capsule and incorporate new experiences designed to immerse visitors of all ages in the sights, sounds and stories of the space shuttle program. Included will be a soundscape entryway featuring audio between NASA control and Enterprise astronauts, a programmed demonstration stage, and exhibits highlighting shuttle program spin-offs.
“After many months of hard work recovering from Hurricane Sandy we are extremely excited to announce the opening of our new Space Shuttle Pavilion, and to once again share Enterprise with all who visit the museum,” stated Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. “Our team is working hard to bring an incredible exhibit to life that will allow Enterprise to continue to inspire new generations of innovators and dreamers for years to come.”
“The thoughts and prayers of the entire NASA family were with those whose lives were affected by Hurricane Sandy and that includes everyone at the Intrepid Museum who have worked tirelessly in the days, weeks, and months following the storm to restore their valuable collection of aerospace artifacts,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “We know space shuttle Enterprise is in good and caring hands, and we hope everyone has an opportunity to visit this important part of our space exploration history in the new pavilion.”
Enterprise will remain in this temporary, climate-controlled Space Shuttle Pavilion until a permanent exhibit facility is built.