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Critical test of NASA space launch engine engine stops earlier than planned



NASA launches the main stage of its massive new rocket – Space launch system (SLS) – on Saturday (January 16th) in a critical test that ended prematurely when the booster engines shut down earlier than planned.

Smoke and flames erupted from the four RS-25 engines that powered the amplifier of the behemoth rocket’s core, a central element of NASA’s Artemis lunar program as it roared at the top of NASA’s test bench. Stenis Space Center near St. Louis Bay, Mississippi. The ignition occurred at 5:27 EST (2227 GMT), with 700,000 gallons (2.6 million liters) of cryogenic fuel passing through the engines while roaring for just over 1 minute, much shorter than planned.


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