As NASA prepares for returning astronauts to space in a few years, we’re attending one of the key events that will lead up to completing America’s leap back into space.
Today, August 13th, at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, NASA will ignite the 6th RS-25 Engine for testing. The RS-25 Engine was originally used for the space shuttle program and now has been repurposed and upgraded for NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send the Orion Spacecraft and astronauts back into space starting in 2018 for missions to the ISS and eventually to the moon, asteroid mining, Mars, Europa and beyond. Four engines will make up the core stage of the SLS that will power the rocket system which harkens back in design to the Apollo missions — taller, more efficient and able to carry more cargo for longer distances.
For a more in-depth conversation about NASA’s future vision for space, we recommend listening to Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Sky Talk interview with NASA Administrator Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden.
Our access for this event comes directly from NASA’s Social program which we were selected earlier this year to view Space X’s Dragon rocket launch from Cape Canerval, FL (CRS-6 Mission). As part of the program, attendees view behind the scenes at NASA facilities, viewing areas normally restricted to the public and access to questioning key figures within the NASA space program, scientists and engineers.
Keep your eyes up to the sky in the next few years as America’s space program reemerges for a larger step back into space and a series of events we will surely be covering.
NASA Rendering of SLS Rocket Launch Block 1
Infinity Science Center
One Discovery Circle, Pearlington, MS 39572
I-10 Exit 2 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Phone: (228) 533-9025