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Last flight-qualified space shuttle external tank sets sail for California museum
[i]NASA's last-existing, built-for-flight space shuttle external tank was launched Tuesday (Apr. 12) on a 40-day sea voyage from New Orleans to Los Angeles, 35 years to the day after the first such tank fueled the maiden flight of the iconic winged spacecraft.
Secured atop an open-air, flatbed barge, the 154-foot-long (47 m) orange-brown tank left the dock at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana, beginning its journey to the California Science Center for display with the retired space shuttle Endeavour.[/i]
ET-94 sets sail: NASA's last space shuttle external tank leaves NOLA
[i]"Today is a milestone in history for Michoud and also for the space shuttle program. We bid farewell to NASA's last flight-certified external tank," said Bobby Watkins, director of the Michoud Assembly Facility. "It's hard to say goodbye but we know it is receiving the proper recognition by going to the California Science Center."[/i]
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