- NASA exploded nearly half a million gallons of water, 100 feet in the air.
- The Space Launch System (SLS) is designed for deeper space missions, capable of exploring far beyond the Earth's orbit.
- Watch the video above to see how NASA is preparing to launch the strongest and largest missile in 2020.
The next is a video transcript
Alex Appolonia: There are almost half a million gallons of water hit by a hundred feet in the air.
The most impressive part? Everything was done in just 60 seconds.
NASA has created the massive fountain as part of a test for its space launch program scheduled to launch for the first time in 2020.
It will be the largest, the most powerful rocket that NASA has ever built. Upstairs, SLS will reach 322 feet high, 17 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, and will weigh nearly 6 million pounds.
First Planned Mission? A 25-day trip around the moon.
When it gets up, its engines will generate 8.4 million pounds of force and sound waves so powerful that it could easily destroy the rocket from the ground.
There's the NASA over-pressure and noise suppression system. NASA projects water on and over the launcher during firing and takeoff. This not only protects the ground from the rocket engines but prevents the waves from bending off the ground and turning back, which could cause catastrophic damage to the engines. The system also prevents huge engine flames from catching fire.
During a real launch, some of the water will evaporate due to extreme heat, while the rest will come out through the nozzles. This test is just one of many more that NASA will be deploying in the coming months in preparation for the first launch of the rocket.
SLS is designed for deeper space missions, capable of exploring far beyond the Earth's orbit. It can carry astronauts into an Orion capsule or carry other cargo, such as exploring robots, into remote worlds like Jupiter and Mars. Pretty impressive, right?
This last test, conducted in early October, was to evaluate all necessary upgrades, such as corrosion control, water tank renovation, and pipeline and valve condition checking. Now it will be in peak shape for when SLS is ready to make its debut flight in 2020.
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