Aircraft-Carrier Museum Becomes Home to Prototype Space Shuttle

June 23rd, 2012 by Mark

If you look at the webcam for the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, you will see a strange inflated canopy. Fear not! Underneath is the Enterprise, NASA’s prototype space shuttle.

Your next question will undoubtedly be “What on Earth is a prototype space shuttle doing on an aircraft carrier?!”

The strangest tent you are likely to ever see.

The answer is that the USS Intrepid has finished active military duty and now serves as the Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. The Intrepid was a World War II carrier that has been used as a museum since 1982.

The space shuttle has been placed in the museum so the general public can catch a glimpse of it. It has been placed under a canopy to protect it from the elements.

You can check out the webcam here. The general public will be able to see the space shuttle Enterprise from July 19.

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