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Space shuttle seen from Brooklyn on way to Intrepid

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Wild ride: The Enterprise passed by the Coney Island Cyclone shortly after 4 pm.
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Wheelin’ around: Beach goers were treated to a rare sight at the shuttle passed by Deno’s Wonder Wheel.
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Sailing away: The space shuttle Enterprise passed by the Parachute Jump in Coney Island shortly after 4 pm.
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On the starboard side, you’ll notice...: Passengers on this cruise ship got an eyeful as the Enterprise made its way under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Sunday evening.
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So long, Brooklyn: The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was the shuttle’s last glimpse of Brooklyn on its way to New Jersey.
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What a sight: Several thousand people lined the shoreline in Southern Brooklyn to watch the space shuttle Enterprise pass under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Brooklyn boaters shared the high seas with an unlikely companion on Sunday — a space shuttle.

Thousands of onlookers crowded the southern shores of Kings County to catch a glimpse of the barge-born Enterprise space shuttle, which accumulated an entourage of delighted boaters as it made its way from JFK Airport to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The 57,000-pound orbital prototype, which arrived at JFK hitched to a jumbo jet in late April, was loaded by crane onto a flatbed barge on Saturday, before heading out to Jersey the following day.

Enterprise began its tour of Brooklyn at the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, which had to be raised to allow the shuttle’s tail, or vertical stabilizer, to pass underneath. It then sailed within a stone’s throw of Luna Park in Coney Island, where riders on the Cyclone roller coaster and Deno’s Wonder Wheel caught a glimpse of the space craft’s voyage.

Several thousand Brooklynites lined the shoreline of Bay Ridge to watch the last leg of the shuttle’s tour — passing under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which its tail easily cleared.

Enterprise continued its voyage on Tuesday to the deck of the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum in Manhattan, where it will be permanently displayed.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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