Green Cove Springs, Florida: Roadside Space Shuttle External Tank

A rare survivor of the Space Shuttle program; all the External Tanks that flew burned up on reentry. This one is parked next to a street; you can get out and touch it.

Address:
3939 Reynolds Blvd, Green Cove Springs, FL
Directions:
From downtown drive south on Hwy 16, then turn east at the stoplight (Hess station) to follow Hwy 16. Drive one mile east. Turn left at the blinker light (marina on left) onto Reynolds Blvd. Drive until the road ends. You'll see the tank on the left. This is an open industrial wharf with limited water protections and few guardrails. Mind children and pets. Limited lighting in the area. Avoid after dark for safety.
Hours:
Daylight only. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
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Space Shuttle tank.

Roadside Space Shuttle External Tank

For a bit of perspective on how big this tank is, here is my F450 Big Boy truck in front of and dwarfed by its size.

[Luv2RV, 09/21/2021]
Space Shuttle External Fuel Tank

This tank was initially intended for display at an aerospace park in Clay County, Florida. The size of the tank and transporter requires utility lines, traffic lights, trees, and signs to be raised or moved during the trip to the park. No one is willing to fund the move.

Note: This is an open industrial wharf with limited water protections and few guardrails quay-side. Mind children and pets. Limited lighting in the area. Avoid after dark for safety.

[Dave Steiner, 08/07/2019]

Tank.

Space Shuttle External Tank

Pretty amazing that it's so large and and that there are no placards or history about it, but really cool to see regardless.

[Jon, 06/13/2017]

Shuttle tank.

Space Shuttle External Tank

This is an unused Space Shuttle external tank. It's visible from the road. We walked right up to it, touched it, and took photos with it.

[Susan, 01/09/2015]

The tank -- built in 1977 and used for loading and stress analysis tests -- sits on its original transporter. It's 154 feet long and weighs 39 tons empty. Since the external tanks that were used in launches burned up on reentry, this unused survivor is very rare.


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