Anybody who worked on the Museum of Flight project for the attempt to get one of the space shuttles located here in Seattle ought to find this image humorous. If you aren’t in the know, we had to design to extremely tight humidity and temperature tolerances to preserve the retired space shuttle that they wanted to display, but ultimately weren’t awarded.

Apparently, however, it is acceptable for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum in New York to leave their shuttle outside… on an aircraft carrier deck… in a river… during a hurricane… “protected” by tarps (famous for their hurricane-proof-ness).

The space shuttle Enterprise is draped with torn fabric that had protected it before Sandy passed though, leaving the spacecraft shrouded on the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, on the Hudson River in New York, on October 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

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