SLS: Successful test for world's most powerful rocket

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19th March, 2021 10:12:47 printer

SLS: Successful test for world's most powerful rocket


Nasa has carried out a successful test on part of the most powerful rocket in existence - the Space Launch System (SLS).

Its engines were kept running for more than eight minutes - to simulate the time that it takes the rocket to get from the ground into space.

It's the second such test for the biggest segment of the SLS, after an attempt in January shut down early.

The SLS is to send humans to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972.

The mission is part of Nasa's Artemis project, launched by the Trump administration in 2017.

The test was carried out on the rocket's core stage.

The SLS consists of the orange core, with its four powerful RS-25 engines, and two boosters attached to the sides.

The RS-25s, built by California-based Aerojet Rocketdyne, are much the same engines that powered the space shuttle.

The test began at 16:37 ET (20:37 GMT).