Nasa completes Artemis moon rocket hot-fire test

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Nasa appears to have successfully carried out a test of the Boeing-designed Space Launch System, intended to put the first woman and the next man on the moon.

This is the second attempt by Nasa of a hot-fire test of the system after the first test on 16 January shut down early.

On this run through Nasa was hoping to get four minutes of data and the engines ran for more than eight minutes. There is a huge volume of data to examine, but a round of applause from the team appears to indicate success.

The hot-fire test at the Stennis Space Centre near the city of Bay St Louis, Mississippi saw engineers load more than 700,000 gallons of super-cold liquid propellant into the tanks, and fire the rocket’s four RS-25 engines.

In doing this, Nasa was able to simulate a launch, generating 1.6 million pounds of thrust, that would take Artemis 1 on a round-the-moon uncrewed mission at the end of 2021.

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