According to the sources that NASA is going to test the most powerful rocket engines on Saturday in Mississippi. According to the officials of NASA, it is the biggest test conducted at Stennis Space Center during the last four decades.
Recent reports have suggested, NASA is planning to send the first woman and the next man to the moon in the year 2024. Gary Benton while talking to the media person said that they are all excited to be part of this mission. Gary Benton is the Director of Safety and Mission Assurance at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
Benton said that he has been working for years for this Saturday, the rockets final test before heading into deep space. Stennis has also developed its B2 test stand to test the Space Launch System of the most powerful rocket engines of NASA.
Officials OF SLS
According to the officials that SLS will be the world’s largest and most powerful rocket. It has the capability to travel faster as well as it can go further while carrying large instruments like telescopes and space exploration probes. According to the Jeff Zotti, rocket launch is a milestone for NASA.
The test will be conducted at NASA Michoud Assembly Facility that is built-in new Orleans and it will test the SLS core stage. All four RS-25 engines will fire simultaneously, just as during an actual launch. They won’t go anywhere but will generate 1.6 million pounds of thrust.
According to the officials, it will be loud and powerful and its sound can be heard as far as 60 miles. It will not have any damaging effect. “It’ll sound like thunder rumbling,” Benton said.
If all goes as planned, the engines will head to Kennedy Space Center in Florida next month where an un-crewed launch will happen as early as this November. NASA then plans to send people to the moon and eventually Mars.
Due to COVID-19, there will be no public test viewing opportunities. NASA is targeting a two-hour test window that opens at 4 p.m. Live coverage will begin at 4:20 p.m. on NASA Television.