This week, the Endeavor (retired in 2011, now on display at California Science Center) had four interior water tanks removed. In May, the shuttle Atlantis (out to pasture in the Kennedy Space Center) had the same internal gutting, with its water tanks removed, as well.
Things actually might not be as bleak as they seem, though. NASA spokesperson Daniel Huot told New Scientist the 300 liter tanks are still in good working order, because the shuttles never ended up flying as many missions as originally intended. “Using the shuttle tanks could greatly reduce the overall cost to build the new system,” he added.
The tanks, which serve as storage for water supplies (obviously), have no set timeline as to when they'll reach the space station. Though if things are this bad for NASA, maybe they should reach out Elon Musk? He's into this kind of stuff, and I heard he's got some extra cash lying around...
h/t New Scientist
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