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Space shuttle Enterprise suffers damage in ferocious storm
NBCNews.com ^ | Oct 30, 2012 | Robert Z. Pearlman

Posted on 10/30/2012 3:09:54 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer

Space shuttle Enterprise, NASA's original prototype orbiter, is sitting exposed and appears to have been partially damaged by Hurricane Sandy after the severe storm passed over New York City on Monday night.

On public display aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, a converted aircraft carrier, since July, Enterprise had been protected from the elements inside a pressurized pavilion. Based on photos posted online, the inflatable structure appears to have first deflated and then been torn by the winds of the now post-tropical storm cyclone.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hurricanesandy; nasa; shuttleenterprise

1 posted on 10/30/2012 3:09:58 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

My God, Bones. What have I done?


2 posted on 10/30/2012 3:13:14 PM PDT by relictele
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To: relictele

Good one


3 posted on 10/30/2012 3:14:36 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer
GOOD!!!

The damn thing should have been in friggin Houston Texas anyway!!!

What the F does New York have to do with NASA that is more important than Houston?!?!?

God is grinning here.

4 posted on 10/30/2012 3:15:31 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Remember the Benghazi 4")
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To: Happy Rain

DITTOS! DITTOS! DITTOS!

Instead Houston got the fake shuttle. The FUTTLE!

Obama and company were asses for doing what they did to NASA just because JSC was in Texas.

Mark my words, Obama is going down in a LANDSLIDE! He has a “ferocious storm” coming at him!


5 posted on 10/30/2012 3:19:06 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: Happy Rain
What the F does New York have to do with NASA that is more important than Houston?!?!?

My guess is that NY is not a Red state, unlike TX...

6 posted on 10/30/2012 3:20:08 PM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: isthisnickcool

The Enterprise is the prototype.


7 posted on 10/30/2012 3:23:16 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

A aircraft designed to work in space was not designed to handle ocean salt or weather.
But hey, we are safe from drinking 20oz sodas.


8 posted on 10/30/2012 3:23:31 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: Happy Rain
The damn thing should have been in friggin Houston Texas anyway!!!

I agree. Putting it on a carrier deck in a liberal hot spot doesn't make any sense.

9 posted on 10/30/2012 3:26:50 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: kosciusko51; Happy Rain

So Kalifornicate gets one and so does NY, and Tx gets Bupkis?


10 posted on 10/30/2012 3:30:31 PM PDT by carriage_hill ("0bummer's a towering figure" - even a Garden Gnome casts a long shadow at sunset.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

An inflated tent? What a filthy joke! I’ll bet the NASA facility near Houston could provided something a little bit more substantial to house such a historic relic. Hey Schumer! Get stuffed!


11 posted on 10/30/2012 3:37:55 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Vince Ferrer

I think the cats are going to need an upgrade to handle that.


12 posted on 10/30/2012 3:38:25 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Scotty didn’t get the order from the bridge to put the shields up.


13 posted on 10/30/2012 3:49:51 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: carriage_hill
Cali is a state of space cadets so that is understandable but Nyork???

Schmuck Schummer must have been a big Flash Gordan fan and plans on sitting and going vroom vroom zap zap in the shuttle's cockpit—the commie putz!

14 posted on 10/30/2012 3:50:46 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Remember the Benghazi 4")
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To: relictele

They could still be in service. They were retired well before the end of their service life.

Dang.


15 posted on 10/30/2012 4:11:02 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Remember, Obama said he's only 60% done with his agenda.)
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To: Happy Rain

I truly hope his remaining days are ‘short-numbered’...


16 posted on 10/30/2012 4:29:31 PM PDT by carriage_hill ("0bummer's a towering figure" - even a Garden Gnome casts a long shadow at sunset.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Putting that thing on the deck of a WWII carrier is the stupidest idea i’ve ever heard. Totally destroys the feel of a carier. It’s like a mustache on the Mona Lisa.

And giving it to the sewer of NYC instead of to the well deserved NASA collection in Houston is an outrage.


17 posted on 10/30/2012 4:32:10 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

partially damaged?


18 posted on 10/30/2012 4:38:07 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Spriiingtime for islam, and tyranny. Winter for US and frieeends. . .)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Gee, that’s a real shame.

Good thing it wasn’t given to the Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, where it would have been displayed in a place of honor in a new hangar that was being built especially for that purpose completely through donations. Dayton is, of course the home of the Wright Brothers and Wright-Patterson AFB.

And where viewing is FREE. All of the locations that were given shuttles, charge for viewing.

Two ended up on the East Coast, one on the west coast. We got none, same as Houston.

However, we have been given and it is already inside where it won’t be DAMAGED, the CCT, Crew Compartment Trainer, so that will be a wonderful FREE Hands-on display in a very short time.


19 posted on 10/30/2012 4:50:22 PM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: SusaninOhio
Yes to what SusaninOhio says.

National Museum of the United States Air Force should of had a shuttle. If you're into aviation, this is the place for you.
20 posted on 10/30/2012 5:28:11 PM PDT by sjm_888
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To: ichabod1
partially damaged?

Looks like the tip of the vertical stabilizer was sawed off by that strip of tent/bubble.

The sad story of Enterprise going to NYC is pretty convoluted. NASA violated its own donation rules to send it there, and Chuck Schumer was bragging about it an hour before the official announcement. The Intrepid folks bounced the right wingtip off of a retaining wall while barging her over from JFK and then effected a repair using black spraypaint.

The situation with her is a real mess. I remember seeing her the first day they opened NASM Udvar-Hazy. She was in rough shape having sat in a non-climate-controlled barn on Dulles Airport for almost 20 years. I watched (being a regular at the museum) as NASM staff painstakingly restored her to a condition befitting her stature as the first, prototype, space shuttle. And I remember immediately thinking "they're going to ruin her" when the announcement was made that she was going to Intrepid.

Intrepid is a fine museum, but they're pretty overextended. They're having a hard time maintaining their Concorde (which is out in the elements), have had to find other homes for two other ships they couldn't maintain and the whole "Enterprise in a Tent" scheme was designed to drive quick revenue rather than preserve a national treasure.

Maybe, if he's elected, Romney will appoint a NASA director who will exercise NASA's right to reclaim her and place her with a more fitting caretaker.
21 posted on 10/30/2012 5:41:09 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

Hmmmm ... here’s an idea. Maybe Romney should go to the NMUSAF in Dayton and given a speech talking about all the problems with Enterprise being up in NYC, the politicization of the selection process for where she went and the like.

Then finish by promising to send her somewhere more fitting. Like NMUSAF.

Ohioans were TICKED that they didn’t get an orbiter. NMUSAF wanted Atlantis, but I think they’d settle for Enterprise. AND they have the resources to fix all the damage done to her by NYC.


22 posted on 10/30/2012 5:48:01 PM PDT by tanknetter
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