The Space Shuttle Enterprise is making its final approach to its new home at New York's Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, after traveling by air, land, and sea. The final leg of the prototype shuttle's journey takes it through New York Harbor after bad weather delayed its planned Tuesday arrival at the museum, where a crane will lift it from its transport barge to its final resting place on the former aircraft carrier.
The shuttle's last few miles -- from JFK International Airport where it landed on April 27, to the Intrepid, where it will stay permanently -- have been some of its most difficult yet. In addition to the weather delay, the shuttle scraped a wing on a railroad bridge in Jamaica Bay, but fortunately the damage was only cosmetic. Now all it has to do is look cool floating up past the New York City skyline, which it's very good at, per all the pictures being posted to Twitter and the wires:
The Intrepid Museum got this fantastic shot with the Empire State Building in the background:
The Associated Press caught the shuttle passing the Statue of Liberty. Also very cool:
AP also snapped this one of the shuttle passing the still under-construction 1 World Trade Center:
And this one as it passed the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge:
Naturally, there are a ton of Instagrams of this journey, but we especially like this one from user lorayoon, who caught the flotilla of boats accompanying the shuttle:
NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver captured what it was like to be among that flotilla:
And finally, the Intrepid Museum shows off the shuttle's final destination:
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