After months of preparation, Space Shuttle Enterprise is ready at last for its public debut at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. It all starts tomorrow, June 19, and we went over to get a sneak preview of the now decommissioned Enterprise.
You already saw the glam shots of Enterprise flying into New York on the Boeing 747. Now, here's what it looks like retired and happy.
Shuttle fans might balk at the fact that the Enterprise was only a test vehicle — it lacks engines and a functional heat shield — and never made the climb into space. That said, it was the template for every other shuttle, and the Approach and Landing Tests Enterprise completed set the stage for the world's first fleet of reusable spacecraft.
Now a permanent part of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, the Enterprise will serve to educate and inspire people of all ages on the engineering marvel that man must once again strive to push the limits of.
To kick off the shuttle's opening, the Intrepid is partnering up with Samsung to launch SpaceFest, a five-day festival that'll see visitors allowed into the Space Shuttle Pavilion (where the Enterprise sleeps), various music concerts and interactive space booths. You can learn more about Samsung's SpaceFest here.
For the best of the Enterprise, check out our gallery below. And if you're in New York, SpaceFest runs from now to the 22nd.
Via Intrepid Museum
All photos taken by Raymond Wong for DVICE.