Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Photos: Giant Space Shuttle Fuel Tank Makes Its Way Through The Streets Of L.A.

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

As we reported earlier this week, ET-94, the 15-story tall, 66,000-pound space shuttle fuel tank—the last of its kind—was "coming home" to Los Angeles, where it will join the shuttle Endeavour in residence at the California Science Center. On Wednesday, ET-94 arrived in Marina Del Rey after making the month-long journey from its previous post in Louisiana (it even went through the Panama Canal!).Now, ET-94 is on the home stretch. This morning, like a Roman Triumph, ET-94 made its way through the streets of Los Angeles, embarking upon the 16.5-mile, 18-hour long trek from Marina Del Rey to Exposition Park. Thousands of Angelenos lined the streets in tribute,

As City News Service reports, ET left its holding in Marina Del Rey between 3 and 3:30 a.m. this morning, and by 3:40, it had made its way onto Culver Boulevard. Less than 5 hours later, it was in Inglewood, where workers had to temporarily remove traffic lights and power lines so the big guy could squeeze through the streets and make wide turns. Around noon, ET made a very challenging turn from La Brea onto Manchester.

Support for LAist comes from

The L.A. Times is live-tracking ET's journey, so if you want to catch a glimpse, there's still time: it's not slated to arrive at Exposition Park until about 9 p.m. As this was posted around 1 p.m., ET is about at the halfway point of its journey today.

Here are some images captured this morning:

And this is how close #ET94 came to the light. Just squeaked by. #cbcnews

— Kim Brunhuber (@kimbrunhuber) May 21, 2016

Support for LAist comes from

You heard it here: ET-94 is lit.