The external fuel tank for space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 mission was lifted into a “checkout cell” on Sept. 29 in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. ET-122 arrived at Kennedy on Sept. 27, and was taken off its transport barge and moved into the Vehicle Assembly Building on Sept. 28. The tank will be inspected for its flight in the cell for about 15 days and then moved onto a mobile launch platform where it will be attached to two solid rocket boosters and eventually Endeavour. The STS-134 mission to the International Space Station is targeted for liftoff in February 2011. The video includes time-lapse video of the initial lifting of the external tank.
External Tank Gets Lift for “Checkout”
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