AvWeb, the World’s Premier Independent Aviation New Resource, released an article by Elaine Kauh on April 14th 2016, discussing about how the last space shuttle tank heads to California.
This shuttle tank has been identified as the External Tank 94, or ET-94, which has a weight of around 69,000 pounds. This is considered an artifact from the NASA’s space shuttle program. The External Tank 94 is going to be relocated to California Science Center in Los Angeles. This relocation will be considered permanent.
This tank is considered last of its kind as it was one of the 138 built in New Orleans at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. This has been sitting at the storage location for quite some time, approximately five weeks. This tank will go through the Panama Canal and get into southern California in Los Angeles sometime next month. Once the tank gets into Los Angeles, there will be a special crew that will take this tank and have it transported on a wheel mount so that the part will be able to be navigated through the busy down town Los Angeles streets.
To get dimensions of the tank shuttle, it is roughly around 150 feet in length. It had the capability of taking in and spread out more than 7 million pounds of thrust. While doing this, the tank can pass liquid oxygen and hydrogen throughout the orbiter’s main engine.
Here’s what one of the NASA officials had to say about the External Tank 94.
"When you think about it, it's really appropriate for ET-94 to be the one that's on center stage now. It's time for it to have its day and be displayed."