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>> One, zero, and lift off!>> Huge orange fuel tanks helped carry astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle into orbit. Once its job was done, the tank detached from the Shuttle and burned up in the atmosphere. But after NASA cancelled the Space Shuttle program, it had one unused tank left, named ET 94.
On Saturday, ET 94 will complete a different sort of final voyage, down a Los Angeles freeway bound for the California Science Center. ET 94 will be included in a space shuttle exhibit aimed at having as many authentic parts of the program as possible. The 15 story fuel tank left the NASA facility in New Orleans by barge and sailed through the Panama Canal to Marina del Rey.
The last leg of ET 94 trip is rather humble. Instead of tasting the stars and then disintegrating on reentry like every other tank before it, this one will crawl through LA traffic for a few hours. Enjoying the cheers and the horns of Angelenos. ET 94 will be attached to the space shuttle on display at the science center ready for a launch that will never happen.