A video released by NASA performing a test of its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket in Utah and the sheer power of it. The space agency wanted to see if the blast from the rocket was up to scratch, and it was not disappointed.
SLS will need to be one of the most powerful rockets to date as it will ferry astronauts and equipment for a lunar base to the Moon come 2024.
NASA is wasting no time getting ready for the first Moon return since 1972 as part of its Artemis programme, with the current test being described as “crucial”.
The test lasted for just over two minutes while the rocket was in a horizontal position, blasting the surrounding area with a huge wave of fire.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said: “Landing the first woman and the next man on the Moon is just the beginning of NASA’s Artemis Program.
“The SLS flight support booster firing is a crucial part of sustaining missions to the Moon.
“NASA’s goal is to take what we learn living and working on the Moon and use it to send humans on the first missions to Mars.”
John Honeycutt, the SLS Program Manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said: “NASA is simultaneously making progress on assembling and manufacturing the solid rocket boosters for the first three Artemis missions and looking ahead toward missions beyond the initial Moon landing.
“Today marks the first flight support booster test to confirm the rocket motor’s performance using potential new materials for Artemis IV and beyond.”
Bruce Tiller, SLS Boosters Office Manager, added: “This flight support booster test is the first motor firing NASA and Northrop Grumman have completed since qualifying the booster design for the Space Launch System rocket.