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Science Center obtains space shuttle fuel tank

The California Science Center has obtained the last authentic space shuttle external fuel tank — pictured in orange below – for its shuttle Endeavour exhibit in Los Angeles. All other such fuel tanks were burned up after lifting NASA's shuttles into orbit.

External tank

154 ft. long

Orbiter

122 ft. long

Solid rocket boosters

Traveling by barge

The tank will travel from New Orleans through the Panama Canal to Los Angeles. From there, it will traverse city streets to the California Science Center.

Los Angeles

New

Orleans

Panama Canal

45 day journey

External tank 154 ft. long

Orbiter

122 ft. long

Solid rocket boosters

Traveling by barge

The tank will travel from New Orleans through the Panama Canal to Los Angeles. It will traverse city streets to the California Science Center.

Temporary home for tank

Los

Angeles

New

Orleans

Exposition Blvd.

USC

Panama Canal

Rose

Garden

Natural

History Museum

California Science Center

Samuel

Oschin

Pavilion

45-day journey

External tank fueled engines during liftoff 154 ft. long

Orbiter carried crew and payload

122 ft. long

Solid rocket boosters

provided initial thrust

Traveling by barge

The external fuel tank will travel from New Orleans through the Panama Canal to Los Angeles. It will traverse city streets to the Science Center where it will be temporarily displayed next to the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

Los

Angeles

Temporary home for tank

New

Orleans

200 FT.

USC

Exposition Blvd.

Panama Canal

Rose Garden

Natural

History Museum

California Science Center

110

 

Samuel

Oschin Pavilion

45-day journey

External tank fueled engines during liftoff / 154 ft. long

Orbiter carried crew and payload / 122 ft. long

Solid rocket boosters provided initial thrust to get into orbit

Traveling by barge

The external fuel tank will travel from a NASA facility in New Orleans through the Panama Canal to Marina del Rey. From there, it traverse city streets to the Science Center where it will be temporarily displayed next to the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

200 FT.

Temporary home for tank

New Orleans

USC

Exposition Blvd.

Mexico

Gulf of Mexico

Rose Garden

Natural

History Museum

Pacific

Ocean

Panama Canal

110

 

Samuel Oschin

Pavilion

45-day journey from

New Orleans to Los Angeles

Sources: California Science Center, NASA. Graphics reporting by Rong-Ging Lin II, Raoul Ranoa

Raoul Ranoa, Doug Stevens @latimesgraphics


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