Arts & Entertainment

Must-See Arts & Culture

by Christina Parrella, 05/14/2013

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  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 
    Housed on a retired World War II aircraft carrier docked in the Hudson River, this floating museum holds some of the most iconic air, space and sea vessels in history—not least of which is the Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise. NASA's Enterprise was the first spacecraft of its kind: the reusable vehicle launches like a rocket and lands on a runway like an airplane. It can be viewed once again starting in July at the Space Shuttle Pavilion on the Intrepid's Flight Deck. (The orbiter debuted at the museum in July 2012 but was forced to close in late October after Hurricane Sandy damaged the pavilion.) Visitors are encouraged to walk under the fuselage, which is suspended 10 feet off the ground, for an up-close view of the spacecraft. Also on view are a Russian re-entry capsule, the Soyuz TMA-6, as well as an impressive collection of aircraft, including the SR-71 Blackbird, a precursor to today's Stealth Fighter. If you plan your visit on certain Fridays this summer, stay after sunset for a free movie on the flight deck. The lineup includes classics such as Top Gun, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and The Karate Kid (1984).

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