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NASA conducts RS-25 rocket engine test

NASA engineers have successfully conducted a development test of the RS-25 rocket engine at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis.

The RS-25 will help power the core stage of the agency’s new Space Launch System rocket for the journey to Mars.

The test was conducted Thursday.

NSAS said the development tests are providing key data on engine performance. The tests also are collecting data on the performance of a new engine controller unit, which controls internal engine functions during operation and enables proper communication between the between the SLS and the engine.

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