Leonard Nimoy Welcomes Shuttle Enterprise To New York

After being delayed due to weather earlier in the week, today the Space Shuttle flew (atop a 747) from Washington DC to New York City, on its way to a new home. And none other than Star Trek’s original Spock, Leonard Nimoy was there to greet it. Full report, pictures and video below.

 

The U.S.S. Enterprise’s Namesake Shuttle Arrives in New York

After two weather-related delays earlier in the week, NASA’s space shuttle prototype orbiter Enterprise left Virginia’s Dulles International Airport this morning slightly before 10 am ET piggybacked to a specially adapted 747. Less than two hours later, to the delight of thousands of onlookers, the unique vehicles made a majestic low-flying trip up and down the Hudson River and past the Statue of Liberty before landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. In June it will be floated around the island on a barge before being hoisted by a crane to its new home, the flight deck of the floating aircraft carrier museum U.S.S. Intrepid.


Shuttle Enterprise flies over New York (Frank Jay Gruber)


AP Video of Shuttle Enterprise flying over New York

On hand at Kennedy to greet the welcome new arrival was Star Trek’s own Leonard Nimoy. Standing before the gleaming ship and speaking to an audience of dignitaries, officials and schoolchildren, he said “This is a reunion for me. Thirty-five years ago, I met the Enterprise for the first time.” He was referring to the famous original roll-out of the ship at a Palmdale, California, Rockwell facility in 1976, to the stirring sound of the original series’ theme, which creator Gene Roddenberry and most of the cast attended. “When this ship was first built, it was named Constitution. Star Trek fans can be very persuasive. They sent a lot of letters to President Gerald Ford and the president logically decided that the ship should be named after our spaceship Enterprise." After thanking the Intrepid for giving her a home, NASA for donating the ship, the scientists and engineers who built her and the fans of Star Trek, Nimoy ended his comments with his familiar Vulcan hand gesture and the
phrase “Live Long and Prosper.” New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer voiced a similar sentiment, telling the crowd “To the Enterprise and to the Intrepid Museum I say, live long and prosper in your final resting place.”


CBS Footage of Leonard Nimoy’s Kennedy Airport Remarks

Fox News Interview with Nimoy

More Star Trek/Shuttle Enterprise links


Shuttle Enterprise flies over New York (Frank Jay Gruber)

 

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