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Nasa's shuttle Enterprise goes on display in New York

19 July 2012 Last updated at 13:53 BST

Nasa's shuttle Enterprise has gone on display to the public in New York.

The aircraft - which has a wingspan of 78 foot (24 metres) - was Nasa's first shuttle orbiter vehicle, completed in 1976.

Although it was never intended to go into space, Enterprise performed critical test flights within the Earth's atmosphere, and is widely credited with paving the way for the five fully operational shuttles that followed.

Its previous resting place - at the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum in Virginia - is now home to Shuttle Discovery, after the fleet was retired in 2011.