This Week at NASA | This Week @ NASA: RS-25 Engine Test
Firing the engine that will power humans to deep space …
Testing a potential source of power for future exploration …
And practicing water recovery of the Orion spacecraft … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!
On Jan. 16 — our Stennis Space Center in Mississippi tested an RS-25 engine flight controller on a developmental engine.
The flight controller is set to fly on NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket – that will launch astronauts aboard our Orion spacecraft beyond Earth orbit, including to the Moon and Mars.
NASA is partnering with the Department of Energy on the Kilopower project. The goal: develop nuclear power technologies that could provide a power source for long-duration stays on planetary surfaces. Testing is expected to continue through March.
In preparation for upcoming exploration missions with SLS and our Orion spacecraft, NASA and the U.S. Navy are testing procedures and hardware needed to recover Orion and its crew from the ocean, after the spacecraft’s return from missions beyond low-Earth orbit.
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Jan. 18, the results of independent analyses by each agency of Earth’s global surface temperatures for 2017. NASA found 2017 was the second warmest year since modern record keeping began in 1880, while due to minor differences in how the data is processed, NOAA found 2017 was the third warmest year on record.
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