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In Pictures: NASA Space Shuttles retire by sea/land

NASA Shuttle Enterprise makes way to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

  • This past weekend was a busy one for the Space Shuttle Enterprise and the Shuttle replica Explorer as they both made their way by land and sea to their final museum homes. As with any shuttle activities, these were big events in New York and Houston respectively as the pictures reflect. The shuttles join Discovery, which was sent to Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in April and Atlantis in their new retirement locales. Have a look.

  • Here the Space Shuttle Enterprise passes under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge on a barge, to dock at Weeks Marine in Port Elizabeth, N.J., on a four-day journey to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York.

  • The One World Trade Center is seen behind the Space Shuttle Enterprise, being transported on a barge to dock at Weeks Marine in Port Elizabeth, N.J.

  • The lower Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty are seen behind the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

  • More of the lower Manhattan skyline is seen behind the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

  • The Enterprise waits to be lifted onto a barge at John F. Kennedy International Airport's harbor.

  • Workers secure the Space Shuttle Enterprise while it is being lifted onto a barge at John F. Kennedy International Airport's harbor.

  • The Enterprise is being held aloft by a yellow sling and a set of cranes after it was removed from the top of NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft after it arrived at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York, May 13, 2012 .The 747 was towed backwards so that Enterprise could be lowered.

  • The Space Shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft as it flies near the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York – its ultimate destination.

  • The Space Shuttle Enterprise rides atop a NASA modified 747 plane over New York, April 27, 2012.

  • In Texas, paddle boarders watch as the Space Shuttle replica "Explorer" moves by barge into Clear Lake toward the dock at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

  • Kayakers and paddle boarders watch as the Space Shuttle replica "Explorer" moves by barge into Clear Lake towards the dock at the Johnson Space Center.

  • Spectators line the street as the Space Shuttle replica "Explorer" moves along NASA Parkway to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston June 3, 2012.

  • More spectators watch the Explorer in Houston.

  • The replica Explorer is seen docked in Clear Lake before being moved to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

  • Space Shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Va., April 19, 2012. Space Shuttle Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA's shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles will take the place of Enterprise at the center to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers at the center.

  • The SpaceX Falcon 9 test rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., May 22, 2012. The mock shuttle Explorer, in the foreground, had been on display at the Kennedy Space Center Complex, and was moved to the Johnson Space Center in Houston in order to make room for the arrival of Space Shuttle Atlantis.

  • Space Shuttle Discovery passes the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol atop a NASA modified 747 plane in Washington while on its final mission. The Space Shuttle Discovery made its way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Virginia annex in April where it will become an attraction to visitors there.

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