NASA Audio File

EXTERNAL TANK FOR FINAL SHUTTLE FLIGHT RECEIVES NEW ORLEANS SEND-OFF
07.08.10
 
NASA and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company held a ceremony on Thursday, July 8, at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The event pays tribute to the external tank rollout for the last space shuttle flight and commemorates tank deliveries for 134 shuttle launches.

The last external tank, designated ET-138, will travel on a wheeled transporter one mile to the Michoud barge dock. It will be accompanied by the Storyville Stompers, a traditional area brass band, and hundreds of handkerchief-waving employees. The tank will travel on a 900-mile sea journey to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it will support shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 launch.

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MARK BRYANT,
Lockheed Martin VP External Tank Project

"I couldn’t think of a group of more dedicated people.  Can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be than working with these people – highly skilled to be able to do what they do, unbelievable amount of dedication.  When you look at the hardships they’ve been through, the challenges, and they just persevere, they keep stepping back up, and hitting home runs."
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ALVIN MARTIN,
Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) Employee, Lockheed Martin, Electrical Engineer

“I joined Lockheed Martin in 2oo4. It has been an experience and it’s amazing to work on such a big, monumental thing for space. It’s been awesome, I enjoyed every moment of it.” 
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STEVE CASH,
Shuttle Propulsion Office Manager

“This team has a lot to be proud of.  They’ve done above and beyond anything that they could have been asked to do.  I’m just so proud of this team and how they’ve come together and worked through the adversity.   This shows, putting this tank out on time, shows what NASA is made of.  This is NASA’s finest right here. “
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JOHN HONEYCUTT,
NASA External Tank Project Manager

“What’s amazing to me, and I’m most proud of, is the pride and the integrity that these folks have had, to stick in there and deliver the quality hardware that we need to complete the mission.”
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