Before any of NASA’s rockets can fly up to space, there’s a lot of testing to be done. Marshall Space Flight Center’s Building 4619 houses the structural testing, but to accomodate NASA’s upcoming Space Launch System, it needed a few upgrades.
Because it has a goal! But a different kind of goal to the ones found in soccer: instead, it’s one to put American astronauts on Mars.
NASA’s RS-25 engine, the powerhouse aboard the SLS rocket that will one day launch us to Mars, just completed an explosive test run. You’re gonna wanna see this.
NASA successfully live-fired the new booster for its Space Launcher System today. It's the largest, most powerful booster ever built, putting one hell of a scorch mark into the desert. And yes, there's a video.
This is the most powerful booster ever built by man, and it will be the driving force behind NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the vehicle that will one day put humans on Mars. This engineering marvel will have its first major ground test tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11am EDT.
You might think NASA's not doing a lot these days, what with the dismantling of the manned space program and everything, but they're still making explosions. Now there's video: the J-2X, which NASA says is our next ticket to space.