NASA Audio File

Shuttle External Tank for STS-134 Mission Arrives at NASA'S Kennedy’s Space Center
07.15.10
 
The external tank designated for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission to the International Space Station now is at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for launch preparations. ET-138 arrived at Kennedy July 13 and was towed off its transport barge, Pegasus, and moved into Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building on July 14. The tank then will be lifted into a checkout cell July 15. The tank and twin solid rocket boosters will be attached to Endeavour for a targeted liftoff on Feb. 26, 2011. Kennedy's External Tank/Solid Rocket Booster Vehicle Manager Alicia Mendoza talked with media just before the tank was moved off Pegasus. 
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Alicia Mendoza, KSC External Tank/Solid Rocket Booster Manager

Cut 1 - (00:21) - “This is ET-138, and this is the last production tank coming out of Louisiana, and it is also the last tank assigned to a flight.  So this is the tank for STS-134, so as far as tanks goes we will be receiving another tank in October and that will be the launch on need tank, but this is the last flight tank assigned to an actual mission.”  
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Alicia Mendoza, KSC External Tank/Solid Rocket Booster Manager

Cut 2 - (00:24) - “It’s kind of a bitter sweet moment for folks out here, we are always excited for the tank to be here, because we wait for it and it’s ready once comes here we start to process it in the VAB and everybody is ready and waiting for it and anxious to roll it off the barge. In the same mindset, you have in the back of the head, this is the last flight tank, so the end is near.  But right now most folks are just excited that the tank is here.”
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