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The Space Shuttle Enterprise made the journey from John F. Kennedy Airport to New Jersey by barge yesterday, giving Southern Brooklyn residents an unparalleled show of the historic spacecraft.

Tons of our readers took the opportunity to check it out, sending in dozens of dazzling photos as it made its way from the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, around the Rockaways and passing by Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Coney Island and under the Verrazano. It looks like we had readers at all points, documenting the voyage.

Bonus points, too, for professional spacecraft photographer (yeah, that’s his job) and Manhattan Beach-native Ben Cooper, who runs his own website at LaunchPhotography.com. Cooper chased the Enterprise point-to-point, from Manhattan Beach to the Verrazano Bridge, capturing some crazy close looking shots with a lens bigger than his head. We had the opportunity to join Cooper for a few shots in Coney Island, where Bites super-reader Elina got us access to the roof of a local co-op. We got some pretty sweet shots from an exclusive angle – so thanks to Elina.

Tomorrow Wednesday, the shuttle departs New Jersey and heads to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. It was rescheduled due to weather.

Check out all the awesome photos of the Enterprise, mostly sent to us by readers.

For those of you who missed the Space Shuttle Enterprise as it flew over Manhattan and Brooklyn strapped to a Boeing 747 in April, don’t despair! Sheepshead Bay and other Brooklyn waterfront communities are being treated to a very special show, as the shuttle makes its way by sea from John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

The journey is actually a five day event, having started this morning and continuing until Tuesday. But the real show for the public is on Sunday, when it travels through Jamaica Bay, around Floyd Bennett Field, underneath the Marine Parkway – Gil Hodges Bridge, past Kingsborough Community College through the Rockaway inlet, around Gravesend Bay and underneath the Verrazano Bridge.

It kicks off on Sunday at 7:45 a.m., as a barge carrying Enterprise will depart JFK Airport, towed by a tugboat, and will travel along the shore of Queens and Brooklyn, passing the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge at 3:30 p.m.; Coney Island at 4:19 p.m.; and under the Verrazano Bridge at 5:34 p.m.

All times are approximate, and depend on tides, rain and wind.

Today at 7:00 a.m., the Enterprise was moved to a spot near the water on the grounds of JFK Airport, rolled on the trailer it was placed atop after being demated from the 747. It stays there until tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. when the Enterprise will be lifted by a crane and placed on a barge over the course of three hours.

On Sunday, it makes the trip noted above, and after passing under the Verrazano Bridge, it heads – gasp! – to Port Elizabeth, NJ, where, well, it just chills for a while. All through Monday, actually. Maybe they want to give the shuttle a bit of appreciation for New York City by making it suffer such an awful fate for a day and a half. Who knows.

Anyway, the journey resumes on Tuesday at 9:15, as the barge and shuttle leave New Jersey, passes the Statue of Liberty at 9:50 a.m., the World Trade Center at 10:40 a.m. and up the Hudson River to the Intrepid Museum at 11:30 a.m.

A crane will lift the shuttle off the barge and onto the flight deck, facing it towards the Hudson River.

The Enterprise will be on exhibit to the public beginning July 19.

Our readers got some fantastic photos of the Space Shuttle Enterprise as it flew over Brooklyn and Manhattan this morning, strapped to the back of a Boeing 747.

The photo above was taken by Ben Cooper, a Manhattan Beach native and Goldstein H.S. alum who has since gone on to a career chasing space vehicles around and snagging the best shots. What a living. We’ll have more on Cooper another day, but you can see more of his Enterprise photos here.

Our other readers sent in a batch of photos from various points around Brooklyn, using anything from professional DSLR cameras to cell phones. You can send your photos of the shuttle to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

See the photos.

Source: NASA via Wikimedia Commons

Shutterbugs – and I mean those of you shutterbugs with really, really good telescopic lenses – get those cameras ready!

Tomorrow morning the Space Shuttle Enterprise will fly over Sheepshead Bay (strapped to a Boeing 747) on its way to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum via John F. Kennedy Airport.

The flight, tentatively scheduled between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., will includes doing a couple of tours around the harbor, providing some good potential for sightings on the Brighton Beach – Coney Island boardwalk, as well as Manhattan Beach and Emmons Avenue.

Full details are on Bensonhurst Bean.

Now go get us some photos!