Space and Rocket Center Wants Enterprise

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The NASA shuttle program may be coming to an end. But that could mean a shuttle for Huntsville.
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Randy Cox

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Apr 13, 2010
 
I work on Enterprise's test building & stand. Let the public know what we can do to help.

Thanks WHNT for all that you do.

Randy Cox
Chesapeake, VA/Huntsville, AL
David in Grant

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I say we go for this with all the gusto and drive that we put into the restoration of the Saturn 5. Reguardless the reasons the other cities may have for why they should get it none of them can claim the name Rocket city. Enterprise was denied her true right to fly when Star Trek fans got over zelus and wanted the first shuttle named Enterrpise. I say we bring her home to Huntsville where she was created. If we offered car tags to raise money for the Saturn 5 we can do the same for Enterprise. Lets bring her home Huntsville. I saw her her as a child and would love the chance to see her here again, and this time get to touch her.
MoreOfTheSame

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The Space and Rocket Center , the museum of what America once was. Now we have hope and change, right?
KMA

Huntsville, AL

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Apr 13, 2010
 
I agree that Huntsville should go for this. This would be a truly awesome experience for many. I had the unique experience of getting to walk onto Enterprise's flight deck and look back into the payload bay area (they had it set up so you could see it). This was years ago down in FL after a Shuttle launch when the Enterprise was at the Visitor Complex on its way to the Smithsonian. We stood on line for two hours to have that chance, and I think people here would gladly do that with their families if the opportunity presented itself.
Mike1975

Huntsville, AL

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Apr 13, 2010
 
I'm all for it, and agree with the license plate idea.
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NASA never made it clear to the public that the very first shuttle built would never fly in space - so of course the Trekkies jumped and forced it to be named Enterprise. At the time I thought it was a big goof on NASA's part, but now I'm glad they did it because we would have lost the Enterprise instead of Columbia - as horrible a loss as that was, at least we still have the Enterprise. I've always wanted the Lady E to be here instead of Pathfinder, but if we can house her like the Saturn 5, then go for it!! I don't know where they would put her - maybe the Arsenal would donate just a little more land to help get her here if there isn't enough land right now on the Museum grounds. And More of the Same - you're obviously NOT a native to Huntsville, or you wouldn't denigrate what we've got here - it pulls $$ into this city, and if we can get the Enterprise, then we'd get even more people here because there are a LOT of Trekkies out there. Just like they're anticipating a record-breaking attendance year because of the Star Wars exhibit that's coming this summer - that's money that makes Huntsville the special place it is.
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MoreOfTheSame wrote:
The Space and Rocket Center , the museum of what America once was. Now we have hope and change, right?
Your comments are not only short on attempted sarcasm, but short on intelligence as well.
David in Grant

New Hope, AL

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Hey if more of us agree on this tag idea I say we find out what needs to be done to do this. I am more than willing to put in some elbow grease to get this done. There are alot of other ways we can raise the funds. If the Trek fans in Huntsville alone got behind this we could make a huge impact but I am sure that we are not the only people in Huntsville even all of Alabama who would love to see Lady E come home.
David in Grant

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If we really want this to happen folks we have to do one thing. "KEEP OUR EYES ON THE PRISE"
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Apr 13, 2010
 
This story needs adequate introduction to the speaker. I happen to know Larry Capps personally, however, I doubt the reader would get the attribution that he is from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

The previous sentence before the dangling quotation refers to MSFC wanting the Shuttle. Despite the poor quality of news-writing, I think it would be tough as nails to have Enterprise come tot he USSRC. It would be a definite plus to its collection of space vehicles, and would garner a LOT more attraction to the site.

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Apr 13, 2010
 
Randy Cox wrote:
I work on Enterprise's test building & stand. Let the public know what we can do to help.
Thanks WHNT for all that you do.
Randy Cox
Chesapeake, VA/Huntsville, AL
Randy, thank you for your contribution to America's space program.

Good luck Huntsville! The Space and Rocket Center is the perfect home for Enterprise.
Aero Senior

Huntsville, AL

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Apr 14, 2010
 
What can we do to help them get her here? WHNT, keep us updated!
Charles

Huntsville, AL

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Apr 14, 2010
 
There is a good argument to make that Pathfinder is the first shuttle... Lets offer to trade/sell it to help get Enterprise.. But what ever it takes... Yes Enterprise should come to The Alabama Space and Rocket Center.(Only old time space folks will understand why I called it Alabama rather than US... Those were the days!!!!)
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Apr 21, 2010
 
Charles -

I remember when the museum first opened up and they had the headset tours of the outdoor exhibits - they didn't last long, if I remember right. "Technical Difficulties" with the audio transmitting/receiving. I also remember going to the Moon on the Lunar Odyssey and coming home on the Shuttle Liner with the re-entry scenes from Moonraker being used. Anybody else remember that?
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Apr 21, 2010
 
Charles -

RE: Pathfinder being the first shuttle:

Yep - full scale wood mockup used for the wind tunnel, if I remember right. But it was the Lady E who was rolled out with Alexander Courage's theme playing as she came out of her hangar that day, and every one of the actors got choked up and teary-eyed at the sight of her, knowing that THEIR Enterprise was the source for THIS one's name. You could say a little turn-about "retro-naming" time-wise had been done - the "future" was the source for the past this time.
I don't know if the Smithsonian would be willing to let us have the old girl, since she was the first one built to "fly" and they do have her already housed and on display in DC. The only way I think we'd be able to try snaring her is if one of the 3 survivors ends up being donated to the A&S museum and they have to make room for the veteran.
Even then we probably wouldn't get her right away, even if we had the cash in hand and a place ready to house her in. NASA probably would have to take the newcomer and make it safe for viewing, since the engines and everything else connected to them probably needs to be removed due to propellant contamination - I understand the stuff's rather nasty. The crew never climbs right out after they land, if you've noticed. They always have to wait for the detox crew to do their job.
But I'd be willing to help snatch her - think a relay of a few thousand space lovers and ST fans taking turns could drag her home with a really strong rope tied to the nose gear?

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Apr 21, 2010
 
Huntsville's already got a mock-up shuttle. Wouldn't y'all rather save up for a decommed Shuttle later?

Let Birmingham have Enterprise, they are the City of Vulcan after all.
Charles

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Apr 21, 2010
 
Star Trek Fan; Wonderful post. Yep, I remember all that even down to their first comercial. Remember Dr. Von Braun saying... "Zis is bie far za best facality ofh its kind in da worrld." Good post, your comments were all correct. Loved it.

Slimey; Good post, but Enterprise would be a better hulk to look at, has more on it since it was flight capabible.(Mind you, I didn't say space flight capabible) And great tag line, wonder if you and I are the only 10 to get it?
John Smith

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Sep 14, 2010
 
The USSRC doesn't deserve to have Enterprise. If you may recall, "Pathfinder" had a mishap due to neglected maintenance. That was a wood mock-up! If they can't take care of that, what makes you think they'll take care of the real deal?
Charles

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John, I would think that there are many who feel that it should be here. If it wasn't for Huntsville (the birthplace of NASA) it would have never flown...
John Smith

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Nov 19, 2010
 
I wasn't saying that the people of Huntsville don't deserve Enterprise. I think it would be great for Huntsville. I'm saying that the USSRC hasn't had the best history of taking care of their artifacts.

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