The Space Shuttle Enterprise, NASA’s original orbiter, now located at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places as of March 13, 2013, becoming the first orbiter to receive the distinction.
Space shuttle Enterprise is a full-scale test vehicle used for flight tests in the atmosphere and on the ground, and paved the way for the subsequent orbiters in the United States space program. In 2012, Enterprise was transferred to its new permanent home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
“We are extremely proud to be the home of the space shuttle Enterprise, and it is an honor to receive this distinction from the National Park Service,” said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. “We look forward to creating an exciting showcase of the extraordinary history of Enterprise, so that it may continue to educate and inspire the next generation of innovators for years to come.”
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue.) For more information, call 212-245-0072 or visit www.intrepidmuseum.org.