The external tank of the space shuttle is making its way up the west coast of Central America and on its way to dock in Marina del Rey. On Saturday, May 21 around midnight, the tank is scheduled to leave the port and cross into Inglewood at approximately 9:00 am.
Tanks used in previous space launches disintegrated after the fuel was used, and burned up on re-entry. This particular tank was never used in a flight. It’s 147 feet long, 37 feet high, and weighs 66,000 pounds. It will be loaded onto a 42-wheel transport trailer engineered by Emmert International that will bring it to the California Science Museum.
It will head to the 90 Freeway, on to Culver and Lincoln boulevards, then to Westchester Parkway. It will go through Inglewood on Arbor Vitae Street to La Brea Avenue., drive past the Forum on Manchester Blvd., then head north on Vermont Avenue to the museum, where it will eventually stand alongside the space shuttle Endeavour. The entire move will take approximately 19 ½ hours. The $3 million to move the shuttle was financed through a fundraising effort.
As the tank rolls by, there will be rolling street closures, as traffic lights, utility wires, and cables may need to be moved, raised, lowered and returned to their original position as the tank passes by.
For more information about the temporary street closures in Inglewood, sign up to use the City of Inglewood Everbridge Mass Notification System (https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085613243#/login).