Nightly News | April 27, 2012
>>> finally here tonight with all of the towering buildings and noise and destructions that surround them every day, not much causes new yorkers to look up. but today, it was a sight too rare to pass up. the unmistakable profile against the sky of a 747 carrying a space shuttle on its back. our report tonight from nbc's anne thompson .
>> the symbols of freedom and power that make up new york's iconic skyline today provided a ba backdrop for the space shuttle "enterprise."
>> it was amazing. and it looked like you could reach out and touch it.
>> tourists lined the hudson river . white and blue collars stopped working, and everyone looked up. and a few looked back. at the past ground zero and one world trade center .
>> just like the memorial here. not the end of an era , just a new beginning.
>> the enterprise was to be named the constitution. but star trek fans persuaded the ford administration to take their suggestion.
>> these are the voyages of the star trip enterprise.
>> in 1976 , leonard nimoy and others in the cast watched the rollout, but this enterprise would be a perpetual bridesmaid. always the test shuttle, never soaring into space. but no less important, says shuttle commander mark kelly .
>> it's very striking, an incredible machine that only americans have been able to build and fly.
>> it had boldly gone to new york city before in 1983 . today, it flew by its new home.
>> the shuttle's amazing journey will resume in june when a barge will bring the "enterprise" up the hudson river . a crane will place it on the "intrepid" and in july, the public will gets its first view. until then, it will stay at the kennedy airport . a city where the "enterprise" will live long and prosper .
>> it was pretty cool.
>> anne thompson , nbc news, new york.