Fuel Tank for Final Shuttle in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 29 (UPI) — The external fuel tank slated to fly with Endeavour on NASA’s last scheduled shuttle flight arrived in Florida Wednesday, officials said.

The tank finished its five-day, 900-mile journey across the Gulf of Mexico from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans about 1 p.m, space agency officials said.

ET-122, as the tank is labeled, was refurbished after being damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Florida Today reported.

After arrival at Port Canaveral, Fla., the tank was handed off to two commercial tugs for the final leg of its journey to the Kennedy Space Center.

Teams at the space center will offload the 15-story orange tank from the Pegasus barge and move it into the Vehicle Assembly Building next week.

The Feb. 26 flight of Endeavour will be NASA’s final shuttle mission following the launch of Discovery, set for Nov. 1.

Another tank already delivered this summer is available for use on a rescue shuttle flight for either mission, or may be available for a third mission if Congress approves funding for one more flight, Florida Today said.

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