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.