The Space Launch System (SLS) is the centerpiece of the Artemis program, which aims to get the first woman and the next man to the Moon in 2024.
NASA held this Saturday the first hot fire test of the most powerful rocket never built, the Space Launch System (SLS), at the John C. Stennis space center of the US agency, in Mississippi.
The test consisted of starting the four RS-25 engines simultaneously for 8 minutes to simulate the performance of the rocket’s center stage during launch.
However, the trial did not last as long as expected. It started out smoothly, with clouds of white smoke shooting out of the test center, but the enginesthey turned off about 1 minute and 15 seconds later, shows a video, published by NASA.
The space agency noted that it had received a significant amount of information about engines of the rocket and indicated that the specialists are “reviewing the data relative to the early blackout of the engines”.
The SLS is the only rocket It can bring the new Orion spacecraft, astronauts and supplies to the Moon in a single mission, thus representing the backbone of the Artemis program. His goal is “to return to the Moon in a sustainable way to prepare for the next giant leap: to send astronauts to Mars for the first time.” The agency intends to carry out the first woman and the next man to the moon in 2024.
It is slightly shorter than the Saturn V rockets that carried the Apollo astronauts to the Moon, but is more powerfulas it will produce 15% more thrust during takeoff and climb compared to its predecessor, Live Science reports.
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