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[i]The tank –- the orange cylindrical structure affixed to the shuttle's belly at launch –- and twin solid rocket boosters had been displayed at the Kennedy Space Complex visitors center, officials told The Times last week.
When the shuttle exhibit is assembled next year, it will be a challenge to ship the external tank from Florida. It is typically moved by barge, meaning it might have to be transported through the Panama Canal, said California Science Center President Jeffrey N. Rudolph.
"It's actually quite a bit longer than the shuttle," Rudolph said. The fuel tank is 153.8 feet long, and the orbiter is 122 feet.
Museum officials were happy at the award. But a major challenge is that shipping will add to the $200-million the museum needs to raise to transport the shuttle and build a new wing at the state-run museum in South Los Angeles.
"We're going for donations for everything," Rudolph said.[/i]
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