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NASA shares astonishing photos of huge SLS rocket and its Artemis I passenger

NASA shares astonishing photos of huge SLS rocket and its Artemis I passenger

Big space missions need a big rocket, and NASA's huge Space Launch System (SLS) certainly fits the bill. While we knew the rocket - which NASA plans to use for the Artemis mission to return astronauts to the Moon - was big, standing 365 feet high, nothing quite describes seeing the main sections in place.

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SLS Core Stage rocket gets shipped down the river

SLS Core Stage rocket gets shipped down the river

NASA has announced that it has shipped its SLS Core Stage to Kennedy Space Center. The SLS Core stage rocket departed the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, after completing its Green Run series of tests of the core stage design and systems. Arriving at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is the final stop for the rocket prior to launching the Artemis I mission to the moon.

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NASA’s Artemis RS-25 rocket engines have been around since the space shuttle era

NASA’s Artemis RS-25 rocket engines have been around since the space shuttle era

When it comes to rocket engines, one of the most prolific and famous is the RS-25. It's the same rocket engine that would be used for the NASA Artemis moon missions, but the Artemis missions certainly aren't the first time RS-25 engines have been used. The RS-25 engine was the main space shuttle engine and has a proven record of 135 missions over 30 years.

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NASA’s SLS rocket successfully completes hot fire engine test

NASA’s SLS rocket successfully completes hot fire engine test

NASA announced that its core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) has successfully completed the hot fire test this week at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The four massive RS-25 engines successfully fired for eight minutes 19 seconds, completing the test and reaching a critical milestone ahead of the NASA Artemis I mission. Artemis I will send an uncrewed Orion capsule on a flight around the Moon and back to Earth.

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NASA sets March 18 as the day for SLS hot fire test

NASA sets March 18 as the day for SLS hot fire test

NASA announced this week that it is targeting Thursday, March 18, for the second hot fire test for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage. The test will be conducted at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA has set the new date after performing tests that demonstrated recently repaired liquid oxygen pre-valve was working correctly.

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NASA conducts Space Launch System hot fire test

NASA conducts Space Launch System hot fire test

NASA has confirmed that on January 28, it conducted the first hot-fire test for the production RS-25 engines that will power the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on future deep-space missions. The hot fire test used RS-25 developmental engine number 0528 on the A-1 Test Stand at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

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NASA’s SLS core stage hot fire test didn’t go as planned

NASA’s SLS core stage hot fire test didn’t go as planned

Yesterday we mentioned that NASA TV would be airing the hot fire test of the SLS core stage rocket meant to push Artemis I to the moon. The core stage rocket was fueled and attached to a test sand with the intent of firing its quartet of massive rocket engines for the entire duration of time it would take for the rocket to reach orbit. However, things didn't go well, and the SLS core stage rocket ended its test 67 seconds after it began.

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SLS core stage rocket to go through critical tests this month

SLS core stage rocket to go through critical tests this month

NASA is currently working on a massive rocket called the Space Launch System or SLS. We mentioned last month that the massive rocket was set to undergo some critical tests. The SLS core stage is set for more tests this month and still sits on the B-2 test stand at the Stennis Space Center. The massive rocket is 212 feet tall and is more powerful than any rocket used since the 60s.

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Critical fuel loading test for the SLS core stage happens this month

Critical fuel loading test for the SLS core stage happens this month

NASA is making preparations on multiple levels for the historic return of humans to the moon in the coming years. Engineers intend to conduct a critical test on the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage rocket that will help carry astronauts to the moon. Engineers will load cryogenic propellants into the core stage and expose the tank and internal plumbing to the extreme conditions of propellants that are hundreds of degrees below zero.

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