The space shuttle Enterprise finished its journey by barge up the waters of the Hudson River to its new home aboard the Intrepid, the legendary World War II aircraft carrier converted into a naval museum at one of the docks in Manhattan.

The Enterprise, the shipment of which to New York had been followed with great anticipation by space flight fans, traveled in late April to John F. Kennedy International Airport and last Sunday it was taken temporarily to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, and from there brought on board the Intrepid - now called the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum - on Wednesday.

During the journey by barge up the river, the shuttle passed by the Statue of Liberty and past the site where construction continues on the skyscrapers located where the Twin Towers once stood.

The Enterprise made the final leg of its trip by barge to Pier 86 on the west side of Manhattan, where workmen were ready to use a crane to transfer the shuttle onto the vessel that will be its new home.

Named Enterprise by NASA to recall the popular flagship of the United Federation of Planets space fleet on the television series "Star Trek," the shuttle was built in 1974-1976 as the prototype for a manned space vehicle that could return to Earth and be reused multiple times.

The officials at the Intrepid museum plan to open the Enterprise exhibit to the public on July 19 where people will be able to get close to the legendary vehicle, which never actually flew into space, although it was carried aloft on the back of a 747 Jumbo jet and released several times to test its gliding and landing ability.

The United States last year ended its space shuttle program and on April 17 the shuttle Discovery made its final flight from Florida's Kennedy Space Center to Dulles International Airport mounted on the back of a 747 that flew over Washington D.C. EFE