Space Shuttle Fuel Tank to Make it's Way Through L.A.

  • May 29, 2015 8:51am GMT

An almost deja vu moment from the when the Space Shuttle Endeavour traversed the streets of Los Angeles in 2012, the feat is about to be repeated when the even longer external fuel tank, or ET, makes the trip.

Scheduled for late 2015 to early 2016, pending weather and other factors, the fuel tank will occupy the streets of L.A. as it makes its way to the California Science Center, current home of the Endeavour spacecraft.

Fortunately for local residents, logistics will be slightly more neighborhood friendly as there is no cumbersome wingspan to deal with. Though what the fuel tank lacks in width, it makes up for in length. At 153.8 feet, the tank is longer than Endeavour's 122 feet but weighs half as much at 66,000 pounds.

The external tank is expected to leave NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans for a six-month trip through the Panama Canal and eventually arrive at Marina del Rey where it will begin the short trip on land to the Science Center in Exposition Park. This will make the Science Center one of the few places in the world to see an intact external fuel tank from the Space Shuttle Program.