NASA stated that “the next time rocket engine No. 2059 fires for that length of time, it will be carrying humans on their first deep-space mission in more than 45 years.”
Stepping toward the acknowledgment of its yearning plan to put people on Mars by the mid 2030s, NASA reported Friday that it had test-fired the RS-25 rocket engine that would in the long run control its Space Launch System. The SLS, a successor to the agency’s presently old Space Shuttle project, is relied upon to be ready for launch by 2018. There are numerous components that will decide the destiny of the SLS program, including the up and coming Presidential election and change of administration, yet the truth will surface eventually if NASA’s next powerhouse rocket can be practical.
Steve Wofford who is an engines manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville Alabama said that “Not only does this test mark an important step towards proving our existing design for SLS’s first flight, it’s also a great feeling that this engine that has carried so many astronauts into space before is being prepared to take astronauts to space once again on SLS’s first crewed flight”