Last Surviving Space Shuttle External Tank on Way to L.A.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -
In this Tuesday, April 12, 2016 photo, external Tank, ET- 94, NASA's only remaining space shuttle external tank, is transported by tug and barge down the Intracoastal Waterway from the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The tank is embarking on a journey, via the Gulf of Mexico and the Panama Canal, to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, as part of the Space Shuttle Endeavour display. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
External Tank, ET- 94, NASA’s only remaining space shuttle external tank, is transported by tug and barge down the Intracoastal Waterway from the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NASA’s only remaining space shuttle external fuel tank is headed to California where it will end up as part of a permanent display with the retired space shuttle Endeavor.

The tank, ET-94, was built for the space shuttle program but never used in flight. The 15-story, 32½-ton external tank left the NASA assembly facility in New Orleans Sunday on a barge and was to arrive at the dock in Marina Del Rey on May 18 before beginning a 12-mile ride through the streets of Los Angeles to its new home, the California Space Center.

NASA agreed last year to donate ET-94 to the downtown Los Angeles museum.