Monday, September 24, 2018

Intrepid Excursion and Laughter in Gotham

Sylvia takes a morning of rest as I venture to the USS Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum. While I have a passing interest in military history, I'm really here for one thing: the space shuttle Enterprise, which now rests on the deck of the Intrepid.
The flight deck holds several helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from across the last several decades.
The real prize--the Enterprise--is inside a weatherproof enclosure on the flight deck. Only when you see one up close do you realize how large these things are.

The museum also houses a used Soyuz capsule. I soon realize I missed seeing Richard Garriot (creator of the Ultima games who flew into space a couple of years back as a private citizen) by one day. One day!
After basking in the glow of the Enterprise for a while, I explore the Intrepid's conning tower.
Many dials, buttons, and switches tempt me to twist, push, and flip them. But I resist.
And that is where we are.
The hangar deck is home to a number of interactive and special exhibits.
The Intrepid in Lego.
Intrepid recovered many returning astronauts. Here's a Mercury capsule recreation.
And a Gemini mockup.
All smiles as we prepare for an evening of laughs at the Gotham Comedy Club.
The stage after the sets.
This set list is missing an unexpected guest: Jim...something. I don't know him, but it's an appearance that thrills Sylvia.

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