Space Shuttle External Tank Falling Toward Earth

December 10th, 2016 | Space


An external tank from the Space Shuttle falling toward Earth. However, it didn’t actually land in the farms of North-East France below because it is moving parallel to the surface of the Earth. Eventually, it landed safely in the Indian or Pacific ocean.

The external tank contained the liquid hydrogen fuel and liquid oxygen oxidizer used for boosting the shuttle into space.

The external tank was the only component of the shuttle stack that was not reusable. A new tank had to be constructed for each launch.


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