The external fuel tank that will power the last planned space shuttle flight
into orbit is now in NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building
in Florida for launch preparations. The external tank, designated ET-122,
was restored to flight configuration at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility
in New Orleans after sustaining damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
ET-122 arrived at Kennedy Sept. 27, was taken off its transport barge, Pegasus,
and moved into Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building on Sept. 28. The tank will
be lifted into a checkout cell where it and two solid rocket boosters eventually
will be attached to space shuttle Endeavour for the STS-134 mission to the
International Space Station, which is targeted for liftoff in February 2011.
STS-134 currently is scheduled to be the last mission in the Space Shuttle Program.