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Space shuttle external tank designated ET-118

On June 5, Lockheed Martin and NASA personnel at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans prepare the space shuttle external tank designated ET-118 for its journey to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The tank, seen here being transported to its seagoing carrier, left the port of New Orleans at 11:15 a.m. CDT on June 5. Carried by NASA's transport vessel Liberty Star, ET-118 is expected to arrive June 9 at Port Canaveral, Fla. It will be mated in coming months with Space Shuttle Atlantis for the STS-115 mission, scheduled for August 2006.

Image credit: NASA/Michoud Assembly Facility

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