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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Photos of the Day: ET-94 Passes Through the Panama Canal!

A barge carrying space shuttle fuel tank ET-94 begins its passage through the Panama Canal...on April 25, 2016.
Photo courtesy of ThePanamaCanal - Twitter.com

Just thought I'd share these pics of space shuttle fuel tank ET-94 as it passed through the Panama Canal on its way to Southern California earlier today. Departing from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana on April 12, ET-94 started its transit of the Central American waterway yesterday...and spent the last two days traversing 48 miles of isthmus as it headed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean to begin the last leg of its journey to Los Angeles.

A barge carrying space shuttle fuel tank ET-94 begins its passage through the Panama Canal...on April 25, 2016.
Photo courtesy of ThePanamaCanal - Twitter.com

ET-94 is scheduled to arrive at Marina del Rey in L.A. County on May 19, and will parade through the streets of west Los Angeles as it heads to the California Science Center on May 21. It will hopefully be in 2019 when the public sees the external tank mated to the orbiter Endeavour and her twin Solid Rocket Boosters in launch position...once the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center (where the shuttle stack will be displayed) opens that year. Stay tuned.

A barge carrying space shuttle fuel tank ET-94 passes through the Panama Canal on April 25, 2016.
Photo courtesy of ThePanamaCanal - Twitter.com

A barge carrying space shuttle fuel tank ET-94 passes through the Panama Canal on April 25, 2016.
Photo courtesy of ThePanamaCanal - Twitter.com

A barge carrying space shuttle fuel tank ET-94 passes through the Panama Canal on April 26, 2016.
Photo courtesy of ThePanamaCanal - Twitter.com

A barge carrying space shuttle fuel tank ET-94 arrives at the Miraflores Locks, the final locks before the NASA flight artifact heads out into the Pacific Ocean on April 26, 2016.
Photo courtesy of ThePanamaCanal - Twitter.com

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