Space Shuttle Scaffolding

January 16, 2013 | Bucky Turco

Ever since flood waters from Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum complex, thoroughly deflating Space Shuttle Enterprise’s cozy inflatable home, the prototype orbiter has sat on the aircraft carrier’s flight deck. As ANIMAL reported, this is not a good thing because the shuttle is not equipped to withstand the elements.

A new pavilion will not be built until Spring, but in the meantime the museum has begun construction of a temporary winter shelter. Scaffolding has been erected around the shuttle and a protective cover will be installed over it any day now.

This is great news for the shuttle and the Intrepid, as the museum is set to open a new exhibit about the prototype orbiter on Thursday. Even though “Enterprise itself will not be on display,” according to a statement on the museum’s website, there’s nothing worse than leaving your star attraction naked and exposed. (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)