The Space Shuttle Enterprise is loaded onto a barge in a canal near John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Saturday, June 2, 2012.
NEW YORK - The space shuttle Enterprise is making the final leg of its journey to its new Manhattan home.
The prototype space shuttle will travel up the Hudson River from Jersey City, N.J., on Wednesday. It will pass the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center site before being hoisted by crane onto the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
The Enterprise's original move-in date was Tuesday. Organizers announced Monday that bad weather had delayed preparation work.
The shuttle left John F. Kennedy International Airport on a barge Sunday morning. It was towed past thousands of spectators to Jersey City.
The much-anticipated final trip is a culmination of a journey that began at Washington Dulles International Airport in April. The shuttle was hitched onto the back of a 747 and flown to New York City, where it passed over city landmarks for nearly an hour before landing at Kennedy.
Last weekend, a gust of wind caused the Enterprise's wingtip to hit wood bumpers, but it only suffered minor damage, CBS New York station WCBS-TV reports. The wingtip was quickly patched back up, making the Enterprise ready for its museum debut.
"It's about time something from space came to the New York area," Michael Laterza of Scarsdale, N.Y., told WCBS-TV.
While the Enterprise never launched into orbit, it was used as a test spacecraft and now it will be used to educate the public about the glory of space.