Intrepid May Build Off-Site Museum to House Space Shuttle
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum may build an off-site museum to house the space shuttle Enterprise, officials close to the plans told WNYC.
The Intrepid won the NASA shuttle in April, and officials had planned to house it on the air craft carrier's main pier. Now, the museum is reportedly considering constructing a new facility across the street from its West Side location.
Museum officials would not confirm plans for the space shuttle.
But the possible change isn't cause for concern and the museum is working closely with NASA to iron out the details of transferring the shuttle to New York in 2012, according to NASA spokesman Mike Curie.
"It's a great location," Curie said. "It attracts people from all over the world, and one of the main concerns of NASA is to make sure that the space shuttles are viewed by as many people as possible, and Intrepid definitely fills the bill.”
The Enterprise is one of four shuttles NASA is donating to museums across the country, after retiring its space shuttle program.