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Watch Time-Lapse Videos of Shuttle Tank Crossing the Panama Canal

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Dennis R. Jenkins/California Science Center Foundation

Space shuttle fuel tank ET-94 never got to take flight, but it did embark on sea voyage from New Orleans to Los Angeles that took the enormous tank through the Panama Canal.

The 50-mile engineering marvel connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, considered the world’s greatest shortcut, raises and lowers vessels through a series of locks in the Isthmus of Panama. The tank was transported on a flatbed barge towed by a tugboat.

Take a look at time-lapse video of the crossing at various points along the route:

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