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-- hundreds of people lined up along bit -- west side.
To see the shuttle enterprise reach its new home on the Hudson River.
Take a live look a massive crane preparing to lift the 170000.
One of the flight deck of the intrepid here bush it's -- sea air and space museum.
For a shuttle once capable of flying more than 70000 miles an hour.
This final journey has been a very long when the retired shuttle prototype took of joy ride to JFK airport atop a Jumbo jet back in April.
Then it set sail on a barge this week.
Cruising by the statue of liberty.
-- lower Manhattan and one World Trade Center and you'll see that coming up here.
Then it reached its final destination on the west side of the intrepid and Laura Ingle is there for us this afternoon what's happening right now are.
-- sample we are very close to the magic moment engineers have been working on securing the shuttle.
All afternoon I'm just gonna step out of the shot and show you what is going on here behind me as you -- The enterprises up on that barge in -- they are about ready to move this thing.
The barge -- you see here is capable of lifting 500 times the enterprise weighs 150000.
Pounds so -- got it covered.
The yellow part of the crane that you see there was supplied by NASA for this move which has attachment fittings on the crane that -- -- the sockets on the shuttle that just got done doing now part.
And they do that right -- the structural strong points.
On this shuttle once up in the air she's gonna spend 180 degrees the other way with the nose pointing out to the Hudson and -- Jersey and at its highest point of the left which again should happen any moment.
Will be seventy feet off the water and the crowd has been cheering on every single move and -- this crane and crew has been a part of another high profile maneuver here at the Hudson.
Pulling flight 1549.
Out of the water and of course the infamous miracle on the Hudson.
A situation with captain Sully Sullenberger that what what happens once they get it on the flight deck there.
Now once you get up and moving really constructions going to be starting right away we're going to be seeing the construction.
Of the pavilion -- -- sort of look like a tennis bubble.
Which will be a temporary climate controlled civilian construction and lighting crews will be working round the clock to prepare the exhibits and the display.
Before the public people be able to walk underneath it around it and there will also be a viewing platform.
Built at the tip of the nose so people can get an even closer look the shuttle survived a -- Fender Bender en -- here the right wing was slightly damaged it's been repaired it won't have any.
Hindrance on what the public will start to be able to get in to see it which will be July 19 open to the public.
Here at the intrepid -- sounds great Laura Ingle live there good to see the banks.
You know even though it never actually flew in space the enterprise was technically America's very first space shuttle.
NASA used -- for -- flights in the 1970s.
The shuttle was originally set to be -- constitution but.
Star Trek fans convince then president Gerald Ford to call -- enterprise after that show's famous starship.
They're being joins us now he's -- aviation curator intrepid museum and is live on scene -- great to see you guys must be pretty fired up.
Paul and I can tell you how excited we are the whole staff of the intrepid is just.
We can't believe it's -- on -- of the announcement was made what fourteen months ago and we've been planning every day it's seen sense and and here she is that it -- really hit me until we are coming up the Hudson I was in the circle line boat.
Traveling alongside and said it's really here and the excitement it's I feel like an expectant father like most people on a trip to do the entire staff of -- is just so excited.
Quite something to see we've showed pictures of it coming up the Hudson and and that trip there it was quite aside from Manhattan nights and folks over in Jersey for people who come to visit the museum.
What is the experience going to be like.
You know this is just attempt.
Prairie home for her we're -- -- here in a real building with more elaborate exhibit tree.
Probably about two to three years but we're not going to short change.
The experience they're going to be able come into the civilian walked all around her underneath her there's going to be Laura mentioned the the platform where he'll get a better view.
But all the way around the perimeter of the building will be exhibit treat form -- text and videos and a lot of images.
Of the shuttle history and what's to -- the future of space flight for America.
-- and then that opens in the middle of July I'm guessing I'm guessing that this is going to be one of the hottest tickets in this city.
And nineteenth of July tickets are on sale on the website -- -- and I heard her already flying.
It's just gonna it's just going to be an amazing thing I can't wait for that day will bring the first visitors and without.
We'll have our folks here in the control room and beyond -- looking forward to watching that thing.
Come up onto the flight deck when -- they gonna raise it.
Well you could see behind me there actually everything -- if not she's ready to go and they're taking off the shackles around the landing gear you can see the engineers working under they're taking those chains off once all those chains are off.
-- she's -- -- be flying.
For the first time in awhile we'll we'll have live coverage -- that we look forward to it -- -- you to be here Eric thank you.
My pleasure my pleasure and not come -- -- -- absolutely will can forward to it.
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