NASA is aiming to perform the first four-engine hot fire test of its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on Saturday, January 16. (Check out NASA’s movie-like trailer for this weekend’s test above.) Success will take the space agency a big step toward its crewless Artemis I mission to the moon just 11 months from now, ahead of a planned crewed mission that would put the first woman and next man on the lunar surface before the end of the decade. Saturday’s test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, will be the final one in what’s known as the Green Run, a series of eight tests that puts a rocket and all of its associated hardware through its paces. Earlier Green Run tests evaluated the rocket’s avionics systems, propulsion systems, and hydraulic systems. According to NASA, the SLS is capable of producing a maximum 8.8 million pounds of thrust, “exerting more power than any rocket ever.” This means we can expect to see a spectacular display of booster power this weekend as all four of the SLS rocket’s RS-25 engines fire up together for a full eight minutes in a ground-based test designed to simulate the core… Read full this story
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