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Thursday 8 December 2016

Space shuttle fuel tank makes journey through Los Angeles

Published 21/05/2016 | 21:46

A space shuttle external fuel tank, the last one in existence, moves past on a street in Inglewood, California
A space shuttle external fuel tank, the last one in existence, moves past on a street in Inglewood, California

A gigantic space shuttle fuel tank crept through streets near Los Angeles on its way to a science museum.

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The 33-ton, 154-foot-long external propellant tank began moving from coastal Marina del Rey to the California Science Centre in central Los Angeles.

The orange-brown, sausage-shaped tank was being moved at 5mph. By early morning, it was moving through suburban Inglewood, where some lamp posts were unbolted and turned so their arms would not hit the towering tank.

Drivers on a motorway also got a shock as it rolled across an overpass.

The tank, known as ET-94, is the last surviving external propellant tank. It was never used on a shuttle but it will join the retired shuttle Endeavour on display at the museum.

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