Intrepid Museum reopens - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

Intrepid Museum reopens

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Space may be mankind's final frontier, but for the Shuttle Enterprise - for now - it's a steel structure at the end of a tunnel aboard a 70-year-old aircraft carrier permanently moored on the Hudson.

Volunteers, museum representatives and luminaries reopened the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum's shuttle pavilion, Wednesday, for the first time since Sandy had its way with the tennis bubble that used to house the Enterprise.

"It's really an exciting place to be," Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum volunteer Richard Berliner said.

At 21 years old, Berliner enlisted in the army as a medic. At 71 years old, he climbed aboard the Intrepid, Wednesday, as a lover of history.

"It's to inspire, honor and to learn," he said.

But others came to see the shuttle for reasons more grounded in fiction than fact.

"I'm the captain of the USS Abraham Lincoln, which is a part of a group called Starfleet International," a man wearing a Star Trek uniform named Keith Shikowitz said.

Trekkies like Shikowitz helped to name the Enterprise after their beloved starship in the 1970s.

"I'm in heaven just being here with it," Shikowitz said. "I'm in awe because of its size, its magnitude and what it stands for."

The real Enterprise never actually entered outerspace. NASA used the shuttle for test flights in our atmosphere.

"The willingness and the courage to go down that path is unique," museum co-chairman Bruce Mosler said. "And that's why we're so grateful to have the very first and the prototype of all other shuttles."

But it takes two to space race. The new exhibit also features a Soviet Soyuz space capsule once launched by rocket into the heavens with a man inside.

The Intrepid welcomed the reopening of those Cold War space relics with much pageantry. Going forward, museum leaders just hope they built the new structure with the right stuff to allow the exhibit to survive future storms, or - as those in mission control might've reported to the astronauts aboard the Enterprise - to remain "performance nominal."

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Dunkin' Donuts cashiers will try to 'upsell' you in the afternoon

    Dunkin' Donuts cashiers will try to 'upsell' you in the afternoon

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:54 AM EDT2014-07-25 09:54:31 GMT
    If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to "upsell" to afternoon customers. It's part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush.
    If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on. Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said in a phone interview Thursday that the company is pushing to get its cashiers to "upsell" to afternoon customers. It's part of an effort to increase sales after stores have emptied out after the morning rush.
  • Dwayne Johnson hosts 'Hercules' screening for NYC children

    Dwayne Johnson hosts 'Hercules' screening for NYC children

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:30:48 GMT
    When he's not slaying three-headed beasts with his olive-wood club, Hercules carves out time for the little people. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC to an advance screening of his new film. I caught up with the larger-than-life action hero after the big surprise.
    When he's not slaying three-headed beasts with his olive-wood club, Hercules carves out time for the little people. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC to an advance screening of his new film. I caught up with the larger-than-life action hero after the big surprise.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:20:19 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices