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Sunday, April 29, 2012

NASA releases photos of Shuttle over NYC

Spectacular photos of the Space Shuttle Enterprise circling Manhattan
By Will Collette

I wrote a short piece two week's ago about the journey of the Space Shuttle to the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum annex at Dulles International Airport. 

To get there, NASA mounted the Shuttle on the back of a 747 and flew it around and over Washington DC. This reminded me of actually seeing the Shuttle - before the first launch - being flown on the same path when I lived in Washington 30 years ago.

Earlier this week, NASA did it again, this time using the Space Shuttle Enterprise which is destined for permanent display near Battery Park in lower Manhattan. 

The Shuttle's overflight of New York City produced some of the most spectacular views yet and NASA has released some of its own photography of the event.

Though just about every major news organization in the world took video and still photos of the event, the NASA photos belong to us all.

I just hope it won't be long before Americans realize that our destiny lies....out there. The Enterprise, named as such after a campaign by Trekkies, may never have flown in space, but nonetheless represents our imperative to "boldly go where no one has gone before."