Wednesday, April 13, 2016

External tank going to L.A.

NEW ORLEANS -- A last-of-its-kind artifact from NASA's space shuttle program is leaving Michoud Assembly Facility on a nearly 40-day ocean voyage to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal. The remaining external tank built to fuel a space shuttle's launch into Earth orbit was placed on a barge April 10. The 154-foot-long orange-brown tank is destined for the California Science Center, where it will be mated with NASA's retired orbiter Endeavour and a pair of solid rocket boosters to create a unique vertical display of a fully-authentic space shuttle stack. The exhibit is slated to open to the public in 2019. (Source:, 04/11/16)