Slow Ride: Space Shuttle Fuel Tank Approaches Panama Canal On Journey To Los Angeles

  • by: Jeremy Smith

The last external fuel tank remaining from the now-defunct space shuttle program is on a long, slow journey from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Los Angeles, where it will be attached to the Shuttle Endeavour. These most recent images show the fuel tank as it approaches the panama canal for a two day ride through the lock.

Click here to view more pictures from our previous story "ET Comes Home: Last Space Shuttle Fuel Tank Begins Slow Ride From New Orleans To Los Angeles."

The huge orange tank is named ET-94 (the 94th external tank produced by NASA.) It was originally ordered to be used by the Shuttle Columbia, but that spaceship was destroyed during a return to earth in 2003. Instead, ET-94 was closely studied by investigators for clues about what caused the Columbia accident.

The tank has been loaded onto a barge for a trip from New Orleans through the Panama Canal and then to southern California. The tank will loaded onto a 42-wheel transportation device for 16.5 mile drive from Marina Del Rey at 5 mph to the California Science Center on May 21, 2016.

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Jeremy Smith is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is an editor at Lead Stories,, mainly focusing on debunking hoax stories. 

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