Feeds

Shuttle Enterprise comes home to New York

Buzzing the Big Apple

Intelligent flash storage arrays

It's not every day NASA does a flyby for us, but the El Reg space desk pulled a few strings with the Obama Administration to have Space Shuttle Enterprise do her final flight into New York harbor and up the Hudson River and down again on a chilly and cloudy morning right over the head of the New York bureau.

Enterprise has been decommissioned to spend her pasture years on the USS Intrepid air and space museum in the Big Apple where the world can come visit her and marvel at something that was an engineering test for the machines that slipped the surly bonds of Earth.

Shuttle Enterprise NYC 1

Shuttle Enterprise comes into northern Manhattan for Dominican takeout (click to enlarge)

Your intrepid reporter is no photographer, but went to my roof in the Inwood section of Manhattan, which is one of the highest points on the island, with the building superintendant and porter with some coffee, binocs, and cameras to make a party of the flyby. Enterprise and her modified Boeing 747 (presumably paid) escort and Talon T38 chase planes (always in the Shuttle entourage) made their way up the Hudson River, did a big U-turn on top of the Tappan Zee bridge, and headed back down the river to land at JFK International.

Shuttle Enterprise NYC 2

Almost close enough to touch (click to enlarge)

Looks a bit like an orca in immoral congress with a baleen whale, don't it?

Shuttle Enterprise NYC 3

Heading south to JFK (click to enlarge)

Nice touch there with the TV antenna. When Enterprise did its approach and landing (ALT) test on February 18, 1977, we didn't even have cable out in Appalachia where I grew up to the northwest of New York City. But we were close enough to New York to get TV signals the old fashioned way, and I skipped school more than once to watch this and other Shuttle launches over the next six years.

Shuttle Enterprise NYC 4

Come back and do it one more time . . . . (click to enlarge)

Welcome home, Enterprise. But don't get too comfortable on that aircraft carrier. Me and the boys will be down sometime soon with the FTL drive and the shields for your real flight. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION
Robot minishuttle X-37B returns after almost 2 years in orbit
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data
Hear that, 'data journalists'? Our analytics prof holds forth
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
NASA eyeballs SOLAR HEAT BOMBS, MINI-TORNADOES and NANOFLARES on Sun
Astro boffins probe fiery star's hidden depths
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.