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The "Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident" contains this image of the shuttle's External Tank. It is Figure 10, located on page 54, where it has this description:

Drawing of transparent External Tank, with right Solid Rocket Booster on far side, shows location of struts measured in table of strut loads.

Note that P12 is "nearest to Point of Failure."

The External Tank carries liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. Once its fuel has been consumed, the tank falls away from the orbiter and burns-up in the atmosphere (as it falls to Earth). As such, the External Tank is not reused on other shuttle missions.


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Image depicted above is Figure 10 in the "Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident," at page 54. Online, courtesy NASA and Google Books.

 

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