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NASA’s last external tank at Michoud—sets sail for California retirement

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NASA’s last external tank at Michoud—sets sail for California retirement

"When you think about history and its heritage, we did the external tank here," Bobby Watkins, the current director at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, told Ars in late 2015. "That was really our heritage. We built 135 tanks here at Michoud, and that serviced the shuttle program for years." Yesterday, NASA ended one of the most notable chapters in its history. External Tank 94 (ET-94) left the Michoud Assembly Facility, meaning the site no longer houses any of the iconic fuel containers that helped shuttles reach space since 1981. ETs were the orange-ish foam-covered containers attached to the shuttle in...

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