Space

NASA’s 8-Minute Rocket Test Shuts Down After 67 Seconds

NASA has more work to do, after a rocket test Saturday for its shuttle replacement ended with a premature and unexpected shutdown.

The test, at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, was part of NASA’s Artemis program, a plan to return to the moon in the coming years. 

NASA’s test called for four engines to fire for eight minutes — roughly the time it will take for NASA’s long-delayed Space Launch System (SLS) to generate the thrust needed to send the rocket to space.

But the engines shut down after just 67 seconds, when engine number 4 suffered a “major component failure.” 

Scientists aren’t yet sure what caused the early shutdown, but they plan to analyze and regroup.

Source: https://www.sciencealert.com/critical-test-of-nasa-s-moon-rocket-abruptly-ended-due-to-an-engine-problem

Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/01/17/957868364/nasas-8-minute-rocket-test-shuts-down-after-67-seconds

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls3va9lxqWk

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