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A 15-Story Space Shuttle Fuel Tank Made Its Way, Slowly, Through Los Angeles

The 66,000-pound fuel tank made its way from the harbor to just south of downtown Los Angeles, where it will be reunited with the shuttle Endeavour.

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The 15-story fuel tank that is to be attached to Space Shuttle Endeavour wound its way — very slowly — through the crowded streets of Los Angeles, drawing fans and curious onlookers to marvel at the massive tank of space history.

The route is only 16 miles from Marina del Rey to its destination at the California Science Center, but moving the tank, named ET-94, was a work of engineering itself.

Watch closely at #ETComesHome rocks a little from side to side. Eeeeasy does it!

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The tank's trip was expected to take up to 18 hours as it was carefully transported.

Turning onto Manchester from La Brea! #ETComesHome #spotthetank

Just look at this 66,000-pound fuel tank try to turn.

Big turn into westchester parkway. #ET94 #ETComesHome #SpotTheTank

The trip started early Saturday morning from Marina del Rey, but ET-94 was originally transported by ship from New Orleans, through the Panama Canal, to the West Coast.

The fuel tank was donated by NASA last year to the California Science Center, where it will be re-attached to Endeavour and put on display in launching position, the center said.

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Salvador Hernandez is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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