External Tank Arrives in Marina del Rey; Trip Through LA Set for Saturday

External Tank 94 (Credit: California Science Center)
External Tank 94 (Credit: California Science Center)

LOS ANGELES (California Science Center PR) — After an eventful 4,400 nautical mile journey, ET-94 has reached Marina del Rey! After leaving the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, it rode out a storm in the Cayman Islands, passed through the Panama Canal, and made its way up the Pacific Coast, where it played a part in rescuing a group of stranded fisherman after their boat sank.

Today, ET-94 cleared the breakwater of the marina at dawn, and slowly came to dock next to Fisherman’s Village. The external tank was driven off the barge in a delicate offloading procedure, and was welcomed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph, among other civic leaders and elected officials.

External Tank 94 route through Los Angeles. (Credit: California Science Center)
External Tank 94 route through Los Angeles. (Credit: California Science Center)

“Mission 26: ET Comes Home” still has 16 miles left to go through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood on May 21. ET-94’s journey from Marina del Rey through the streets of Los Angeles to its final destination at the California Science Center will take approximately 13-18 hours.

Like Endeavour’s homecoming, this will be an historic event and a chance for the community to come together to celebrate and be inspired by this 154-foot long marvel of engineering. See the map above for the route ET-94 will take through the city!

  • duheagle

    Do you have any info on when the ET is supposed to start moving museum-ward on Saturday?

  • ReSpaceAge

    I’m wondering why they just didn’t build a mockup. Seems like a big waste of money shipping this thing. It is just a tank? Maybe I’m missing something?

    They going to cut it open so visitors could see inside maybe?