Support Intrepid: Space Shuttle Enterprise

My name is Eric Boehm. I’m the curator of aviation here
at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. I’ve been with the museum for almost 15 years and served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. The Intrepid Museum has one of the most varied
aircraft collections on the East Coast from the Avenger Torpedo Bomber, stalwart
from Intrepid World War to service to the Lockheed A-12, supersonic spy plane from the Cold War. The collection reflects some of the greatest achievements in aviation history. The largest aircraft in our collection is the Space Shuttle Enterprise an experimental prototype that launched NASA’s shuttle program. I’m Mike Massimino, former NASA astronaut.
Flown twice in space on the shuttle to the Hubble Space Telescope and now the senior advisor for space programs here at the Intrepid Museum. Being an astronaut, you have these extraordinary adventures and you meet veryinteresting people and get to fly in space,
and it gives you a very different perspective. And so at the museum, I’d like to bring that into what we’re doing. I’d like to share my experience with the people who come to the ship. The shuttle allowed us to do things that that we could
never have done before. It launched like a rocket. It became a home for you to live in. It could become a space station that experiments on it. It allowed us to build the International Space Station. Symbolically, Enterprise embodies the spirit of
invention and innovation in technology. From its genesis rooted in the dazzling achievements of the Apollo program to its successful test flights that astounded even NASA engineers. Enterprise joined the museum’s collection in
2012, and is on view in the Space Shuttle Pavilion located on Intrepid’s flight deck. Each year, the Space Shuttle Pavilion serves as the venue for hundreds of hands on science demonstrations,
interactive special exhibitions, exciting augmented and virtual reality experiences
and dynamic public programs. Creating these rich programs and caring for an artifact. of this scale requires tremendous resources. This work would simply not be possible without
the generosity of our supporters. I’d like to give as much as I can to the to the museum because I know it’s going to go to a very good use and that is promoting things that I find near and dear, which is science and engineering
and the space program and aviation. But I think more importantly than that, I think it inspires young people to dream big. I grew up on Long Island and didn’t
have opportunities to see a lot of the world. But I could go to places like this. Being in New York and dream about what I could do with my life. What better could we do with our with our donations and to give it to a place like the Intrepid? Join Mike in supporting our transformative work. Help us care for Enterprise and continue to create
the kinds of programs that bring kids, families, astronauts, scientists and engineers together to talk about the history of technology and the
limitless potential of future innovations. Gifts made by December 30 first will be matched by
museum trustee Stanley Hubbard. Double your impact and make your gift today.

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