Shuttle towed to NJ before final NYC stop

June 4, 2012 - 1:15 AM
APTOPIX Intrepid Space Shuttle

The space shuttle Enterprise is towed past a pier filled with spectators at Coney Island in New York, Sunday, June 3, 2012. The prototype space shuttle that arrived in New York City by air earlier this spring is on the move again, this time by sea, to it's final resting place at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on the west side of Manhattan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — The prototype space shuttle Enterprise has arrived in New Jersey, the first half of its trip to the flight deck of a decommissioned aircraft carrier in New York City.

The shuttle left Kennedy Airport Sunday morning on a barge and was towed past thousands of spectators to Jersey City. The shuttle had been at JFK since it flew from Washington atop a 747 jet earlier this spring.

A spokeswoman for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum says the shuttle's wingtip sustained light cosmetic damage during the trip when a gust of wind caused it to graze a wood piling. No other damage was reported.

On Tuesday, the Enterprise is to be taken to the Intrepid on Manhattan's West Side where a crane will lift it onto the flight deck.