This is the only Space Shuttle full stack on display. It consists of the Main Propulsion Test Article External Tank (MPTA-ET [see MPTA-098]) used in SSME test firings and covered in spray-foam insulation, and SRB engineering test models, made from light weight phenolic wound tubes (?) and destined to be used to launch shuttles from Vandenberg's SLC-6 in California. In 1999, NASA asked for the return of the forward sections to be refurbished and used for flight. Guard-Lee, who fabricated similar items for KSC, built replacements.
Location: U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Date: June 2002
Images by: Jim Gerard