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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #40 on: 04/28/2016 04:21 AM »
found these two videos from the local Panama press..

Shuttle fuel tank Endeavuor passes through the Panama Canal

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Published on Apr 26, 2016
Historic step was the fuel tank of the ship Endeavour, which rest in a museum in the United States




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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #41 on: 04/28/2016 09:27 PM »
Current location of Shuttle Tank and Shannon Dann

source: http://californiasciencecenter.org/headlines/mission-26-et-comes-home
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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #42 on: 04/28/2016 10:59 PM »
another panama canal passage video from the The Planetary Society:

Last unflown space shuttle fuel tank transits Panama Canal

Published on Apr 28, 2016
Two modern engineering marvels crossed paths this week in Central America, as the last unflown space shuttle external fuel tank passed through the Panama Canal during a multi-week voyage from New Orleans to Los Angeles.

YouTube Location: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=TLGqPaYdbIA

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #43 on: 04/29/2016 02:55 AM »
I was wondering if this passage caused any sightseeing along the canal?  Any crowds turn out to watch it??

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #44 on: 04/29/2016 02:59 AM »

An interesting historical note:
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It is the fifth time in history that a shuttle fuel tank has traversed the famous shipping canal. Four tanks were shipped from the Louisiana factory to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in the 1980s for polar-orbiting shuttle launches, then were shipped to Florida once the West Coast pad was cancelled by the Pentagon after Challenger.

Which ETs were pre-shipped to Vandenberg?

The four external tanks staged at Vandenberg were ET-23 (to which Enterprise was mated), ET-27, ET-33 and ET-34. ET-23 flew on STS-27; ET-27 on STS-34; ET-33 on STS-36; and ET-34 on STS-31.

So, if those first 4 tanks were returned and flown, wouldn't this be the 9th time an ET has gone through the canal?  How else would they get to Florida?

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #45 on: 04/29/2016 03:17 AM »
I was wondering if this passage caused any sightseeing along the canal?  Any crowds turn out to watch it??

Check this video of all the curious that came out to see the passage.

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #46 on: 04/29/2016 07:22 PM »
Current location of Shuttle Tank and Shannon Dann 4/29/2016

source: http://californiasciencecenter.org/headlines/mission-26-et-comes-home

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #47 on: 05/01/2016 05:01 PM »
I so wish that we had STS operations on both coasts, launching both to the East and to the South.

ET-94 is well past the Panama Canal now.
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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #48 on: 05/01/2016 05:26 PM »
Right now the Shannon Dann is making 7.3 knots.
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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #49 on: 05/03/2016 03:54 AM »
Current location of Shuttle Tank and Shannon Dann 5/02/2016 08:00 PST

source: http://californiasciencecenter.org/headlines/mission-26-et-comes-home

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #50 on: 05/04/2016 02:12 PM »
Off the most Southerly Oaxaca coast of Mexico.  Just about to head North.  Speed: 7.5 knots Heading:248 (as of 4 minutes ago)

She is a model bow, twin screw ABS load line certified tug. Powered by two EMD 8-645-E2 diesel main engines with Reintjes WAV 1651 reduction gears at a ratio of 4.00:1.00 turning via 7 1/2" shafts two 90" diameter by 76" fixed pitch four bladed stainless steel propellers shafts for a rated 2,400 horsepower.
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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #51 on: 05/04/2016 08:23 PM »
Current location of Shuttle Tank and Shannon Dann 5/02/2016 08:00 PST

source: http://californiasciencecenter.org/headlines/mission-26-et-comes-home
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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #52 on: 05/06/2016 11:18 PM »
Current location of Shuttle Tank and Shannon Dann 5/06/2016 08:00 PST

source: http://californiasciencecenter.org/headlines/mission-26-et-comes-home
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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #53 on: 05/10/2016 05:27 PM »
Getting close to Baja California

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #54 on: 05/13/2016 06:39 PM »
Current location of Shuttle Tank and Shannon Dann 5/13/2016 08:00 PST

source: http://californiasciencecenter.org/headlines/mission-26-et-comes-home

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #55 on: 05/14/2016 01:10 PM »
Space shuttle external tank bound for L.A. museum plays role in sea rescue
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-051416a-external-tank-ocean-rescue.html

The crew of a sunken fishing boat has a space shuttle external tank to thank for their rescue.

Three Americans and one Mexican were on the Maximus, a charter fishing boat, when it sank off the coast of Baja California on Thursday (May 12). Fortunately, its crew was able to make it safely onto a life raft to await the next ship to come along and pluck them out of the Pacific Ocean.

As it just so happened, that next vessel was the Shannon Dann, the towboat transporting NASA's last existing flight-qualified space shuttle external tank (ET) for the California Science Center.

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #56 on: 05/15/2016 12:09 AM »
The Shannon Dann is now passing Ensenada, only about 60 miles south of San Diego.

She's within range of terrestrial AIS receivers now; this one seems to be getting the most updates:
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:400748/imo:7207748/mmsi:338533000/vessel:SHANNON%20DANN

ETA for the entrance to San Diego Bay is 6AM; looks on track to beat that by several hours.

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #57 on: 05/15/2016 12:19 PM »
The Shannon Dann is now passing Ensenada, only about 60 miles south of San Diego.

She's within range of terrestrial AIS receivers now; this one seems to be getting the most updates:
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:400748/imo:7207748/mmsi:338533000/vessel:SHANNON%20DANN

ETA for the entrance to San Diego Bay is 6AM; looks on track to beat that by several hours.
Looks like she's in San Diego.  Speed zero for the last 2 hours.

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #58 on: 05/15/2016 05:59 PM »
Looks like the Shannon Dann and her cargo docked around 3:30 this morning.  A couple of flyover shots from this morning below.

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Re: External Tank 94 (ET-94) to complete Endeavour exhibit
« Reply #59 on: 05/16/2016 04:11 AM »
Tugboat hauling space shuttle tank makes dramatic sea rescue

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Published on May 15, 2016
On May 12, the sportfishing vessel Maximus sank off the coast of Baja California. All four passengers were forced to abandon ship in a small, orange lifeboat. The closest ship was the Shannon Dann, a tugboat towing the last unflown space shuttle external fuel tank to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

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