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ET-94 makes a big entrance in Los Angeles County

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After an epic sea voyage from New Orleans and through the Panama Canal, ET-94 has finally come ashore in L.A. County. This photo gallery captures some moments from its arrival in Marina del Rey. The last external fuel tank in NASA’s space shuttle program never flew, but it nevertheless awed spectators—human and otherwise—when it arrived at dawn on Wednesday, May 18. A small flotilla of sailboats, kayaks and paddleboards turned out to greet it, along with some early-rising landlubbers. The county Department of Beaches & Harbors is throwing a party to welcome the massive tank on Friday, May 20, in Burton Chace Park. Then, just after midnight on Friday, it will roll through local streets to its permanent home at the California Science Center. The route map is here; expect road closures beginning around 10 p.m. Friday. Want to know more about ET's homecoming? Check out the video at right for a behind-the-scenes look at the logistics behind the move.