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Shuttle towed to NJ before final NYC stop

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2003 file photo, workers pose in front of the Space Shuttle Enterprise prior to moving it into the new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Va. Enterprise is scheduled to arrive in New York on the back of a NASA jumbo jet on Friday, April 27, 2012, where it will be stored in an hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport before assuming its new permanent location on the deck of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York Harbor. (AP Photo/Lisa Nipp, File)

FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2003 file photo, workers pose in front of the Space Shuttle Enterprise prior to moving it into the new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Va. Enterprise is scheduled to arrive in New York on the back of a NASA jumbo jet on Friday, April 27, 2012, where it will be stored in an hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport before assuming its new permanent location on the deck of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York Harbor. (AP Photo/Lisa Nipp, File)

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.


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