Image of the Day: 65,000-pound space shuttle fuel tank gets LA police escort

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May 24, 2016

Here's something you don't see during your daily commute!  It's a 65,000-pound space shuttle fuel tank being transported from the docks in Marina Del Rey to its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.  

ET-94 is the last existing flight-qualified external tank, and its 16-mile cross-town jaunt, accomplished via an entourage of police vehicles, city officials, scientists, astronauts and shuttle fans, took place at a screaming 5 mph, encompassing a total duration of 19 hours.  This titanic tank arrived via barge from NASA's Michaud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, even passing through the Panama Canal during its one-month , 4,400-mile journey.   Originally designed to hold fuel for the space shuttle Columbia, it was never put into official use, but it played a vital role in the investigation into the shutte's re-entry disaster on Feb. 1, 2003.  This last surviving shuttle tank will be on display for visitors as part of the new Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibition.

Have a look and tell us if this awesome, $75 million piece of aerospace history deserved its wide berth cruising down the highway last weekend.


(Via Gizmodo)

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