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April 25th, 2016

ET Come Home: Dispatches from the Field

The only flight-qualified External Tank in existence, ET-94, is on its way from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The donation of this never-used artifact from NASA allows the Science Center to fulfill its vision of building a full stack for Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final display in the launch position in the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III, is overseeing ET-94’s barge journey from Louisiana, through the Panama Canal, and on to California, and sending photos and dispatches from the field.

 

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ET Come Home: Intro

Gatun Locks

Transited the Gatun Locks today. This is a set of three locks that separates the Atlantic (Caribbean) from Lake Gatun. Passage was made with Shannon Dann pulling and a canal-provided assist tug (Cerra Jefe) pushing. We created quite a stir on the Canal, with a lot of employees coming out for selfies or group photos. Probably provided an interesting transit for the various container ships heading the other way. We moored in Gamboa Rain Forest and will continue through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks tomorrow (Tuesday) toward the Pacific.

 

ET-94 Status for April 25, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

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ET Come Home: Part 1

Centennial Bridge and Pedro Miguel Locks

Transited from Gamboa to the Pacific today. First landmark was the Puente Centenary bridge followed by the first Pacific lock, Pedro Miguel. Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperative with a lot of haze and rain.

 

ET-94 Status for April 25, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

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ET Come Home: Part 2

Miraflores Locks

Unlike the Atlantic side, which has a three-step lock, the Pacific side (traveling west) has a single-step lock (Pedro Miguel) between Gamboa and Mirafloores Lake, and then a two-step lock between Miraflores Lake and the Pacific. So after transiting Pedro Miguel Lock, we transited Miraflores Locks. It was still raining (pouring).

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April 26th, 2016

ET Come Home: Part 3

Pacific Ocean

We had Gulfmaster I and Shannon Dann wait int he Pacific Anchorage while we made some final upgrades to the barge for the journey up the west coast. It is the last we will see of her until mid-May. #ETComesHome

 

ET-94 Status for April 26, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

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ET Come Home: Part 4

ET TO THE RESCUE!

Shannon Dann, towing Gulfmaster 1, arrived at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego this morning at 0300 to a great deal more attention than expected. At 19:15 on Thursday, Shannon Dann rescued four crewmembers from Maximus, a sport fisherman operating between Puerto Vallarta and San Diego. All are safe, although Maximus was lost.

 

We need to remove several of the Panama Canal I bits and bollards from Gulfmaster, in addition to instilling the hinges for remaps needed to unload ET-94 at Marina del Rey. All of this work is taking place in San Diego. We expect to depart early Tuesday morning with a scheduled arrival.

 

ET-94 Status for May 15, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

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April 26th, 2016

ET Come Home: Part 5

SAN DIEGO

Spent the day preparing Gulfmaster I and Shannon Dann for the off-load in Marina del Rey. This involved removing some of the equipment from the barge we had installed for the Panama Canal, and then installing the hinge plates for the ramps that will bridge the distance between the barge and the sea wall in the Marina. Shannon Dann also got spiffed up with a new coat of paint.

Departing 0800 on Tuesday; ETA Marina del Rey, 06:00 on Wednesday.

 

ET-94 Status for May 16, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

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ET Come Home: Part 6

DEPARTING SAN DIEGO

Shannon Dann and Gulfmaster I, carrying ET-94, departed the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego at 07:30 this morning, making for Marina del Rey. ETA at the breakwater in Marina del Rey is 06:00 Wednesday, 18 May.

 

ET-94 Status for May 17, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

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ET Come Home: Part 7

MARINA DEL REY OFF-LOAD

Shannan Dann arrived at the Marina Del Rey breakwater on schedule at 0600 and was at the offload area about 0800. We cut the welds holding the transporter to the barge, released the chains, and rolled-off the Gulfmaster I amid much pomp and circumstance. ET-94 is resting comfortably in the parking lot at Fisherman’s Village and Shannon Dann and Gulfmaster I are in San Pedro being readied for their return to New Orleans via the Panama Canal. The move through the streets will take place on Saturday!

 

ET-94 Status for May 18, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

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ET Come Home: Part 8

WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES!

The move started at midnight from Marina del Rey and arrived at Exposition Park about 19:00 … weather was perfect. Move went without incident. A surprising number of people turn out to watch. The crew was too tired to finish the move and will return Saturday to accomplish the last 500 feet and spot the tank in its temporary parking spot.

 

ET-94 Status for May 21, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

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ET Come Home: Part 9

ARRIVAL AT THE CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER

After everybody got a few hours sleep, the move continued this morning. We now have ET-94 in its temporary storage location beside the Pavilion housing Endeavour, although the movers still need to disconnect and remove the dollies from the strongback (will be done tomorrow). Permanent fence will go up Tuesday, then we will begin restoring the tank so that it can take its place in the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center supporting Endeavour.

 

ET-94 Status for May 22, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

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