NASA finishes off major tests on engines on a Boeing-built rocket and was being appreciated by the Aerospace officials, a win for the agency as it prepares to return to the Moon.
NASA simulated a launch by firing the engines of the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket while it was anchored to a tower at its Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
The four RS-25 engines roared to life for the full eight minutes of the test and filled the surrounding area and sky with clouds of white smoke. After the engines were cut off, NASA employees could be heard applauding the space agency’s live-streaming video, and many aerospace firms publicly congratulated NASA on a successful test.
“The applause says a lot about how the team feels,” Bill Wrobel, an official in charge of the test, said during a live stream after the control room began clapping. “Looks pretty good right now,” he added.