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NASA Gears Up for Next Set of Engine Tests

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NASA Gears Up for Next Set of Engine Tests for Space Launch System

The RS-25 engine that will power NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), off the launch pad and on journeys to an asteroid and Mars is getting ready for the test stand. And it is packing a big punch.

Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., are now focusing their attention on preparing the RS-25 engine after completing testing of the J-2X engine April 10. Four RS-25 engines, previously known as space shuttle main engines, will muscle the core stage of SLS for each of its missions. Towering more than 200 feet tall with a diameter of 27.6 feet, the core stage will store cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that will feed the vehicle’s RS-25s.

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J-2X Engine Wraps Up Latest Test Series

The J-2X engine wrapped up its latest test series on April 10 at NASA's Stennis Space Center. A number of J-2X test objectives offer benefits to the upcoming RS-25 test campaign.

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