Originally Posted by error10
OK, so $28.8 million is kind of a shipping estimate. I still want to know how in the hell they're going to get one of these things into Manhattan. And how much THAT is going to cost.
They will probably float it in on a huge barge. It is going to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum which is on the Hudson River. They are getting the Enterprise (which can only glide, not fly in space) from the Smithsonian.
Oh, and for the one asking about letting it land at the nearest airport, you do realize the a launch of the Spaceshuttle costs around $450 millon, right, so $28 million is a deal by that standard.
And being from Houston, I am sorely disappointed that JSC will not get one. Not only that, they are taking away the full size mock up from here and giving it to Seattle.
I guess being know as "Space City", controlling every US space mission ever, having both the Challenger and Columbia memorials nearby, along with a Saturn V rocket and multiple other rockets and space capsules and Space Center Houston is not enough.
Their explanation is that they placed them where more people could see them.
So you have 1 on the West Coast, 1 on the south east coast and then 2 in the north east within 5 hours of each other, and nothing in the middle.Edited by blupupher - 4/15/11 at 8:35am