CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Clouds are seen behind the NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center February 7, 2008 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
UPDATED 6:14 PM PT – Saturday, January 16, 2021
NASA tested the world’s most powerful rocket engines in Mississippi. Saturday’s “hot fire” test tested all four of the space launch system’s core stage engines.
Things started smoothly, but engines began to power down over a minute into the test. This is much shorter than the initial eight minute time frame.
Officials said teams are assessing data on the early shutdown.
The SLS will become the world’s largest and most powerful rocket ever flown to space.
“It can travel farther and faster than any other rocket and because of its capacity, it can carry things like large aperture telescopes and deep space exploration probes, so it can enable more science sooner,” RS-25 Engine Program Director Jeff Zotti said. “It’s a key milestone for the program, it’s a key milestone for NASA.”
This is NASA’s last step in the green run test series before launching the Artemis I Mission, which could potentially land the first woman on the moon by 2024.