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NASA plans new test-firing of moon rocket

NASA plans new test-firing of moon rocket

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ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- NASA plans to test-fire its moon rocket again Thursday to prepare for a potential uncrewed flight around the moon later this year, possibly by October. The test, planned for about 5 p.m. EST, would ignite four powerful engines on the 212-foot-tall core stage of the Space Launch System rocket for four to eight minutes at the John C. Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi. Advertisement A previous attempt to complete a test-firing Jan. 16 ended prematurely when sensors shut the engines after a little more than one minute. The test for the planned Artemis moon missions was the most powerful rocket test since the Apollo era at the facility. Even the truncated test-firing in January created huge clouds of steam from cooling system, which uses 300,000 gallo...
Watch: SpaceX flies, crashes Starship moon rocket again

Watch: SpaceX flies, crashes Starship moon rocket again

Science
Feb. 2 (UPI) -- SpaceX's test flight of the company's deep-space Starship rocket ended for a second time in a fiery explosion on the landing pad Tuesday in Boca Chica, Texas, after the Federal Aviation Administration modified the company's license to allow the launch. The rocket, named SN9, ascended to a height of more than 6 miles and performed a flip manuever. But after it descended, its engines appeared to ignite improperly, according to live video SpaceX provided. Advertisement The explosion is not necessarily a setback because the company is gathering data about the craft as it tests, said John Insprucker, the principal engineer at SpaceX, during the broadcast. SpaceX is known for losing rockets during early testing as it explores new designs. "We've done a lot of good things. We jus...
Biden brings moon rock from last lunar mission into Oval Office

Biden brings moon rock from last lunar mission into Oval Office

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ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A moon rock that President Joe Biden has placed in the Oval Office came from the last Apollo mission in 1972, raising hopes that he will support a new lunar landing program already underway. The White House said the moon rock was part of Biden's goal to have the office reflect the best of American accomplishments. Advertisement Astronauts chipped the rock from a large boulder at the base of the North Massif mountain in the Imbrium Impact Basin. The stone's official name is Lunar Sample 76015,143, which refers to NASA's generic numbering system for more than 840 pounds of rock retrieved during Apollo missions. Scientists were pleased with the testament to science and space exploration. Ellen Stofan, director of the National Air and Space Museum, posted a mes...
South Korea’s Moon Jae-in names new foreign minister ahead of Biden inauguration

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in names new foreign minister ahead of Biden inauguration

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SEOUL, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in shuffled his cabinet on Wednesday, announcing three new nominations including Chung Eui-yong, a veteran of North Korean negotiations, as foreign minister ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Chung served as chief of the presidential National Security Office under Moon until July of last year and played a key role in brokering the historic summits between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Advertisement It was Chung who made the first official announcement that Trump would meet with Kim in a hastily called evening press conference in front of the White House in March 2018. During a meeting with Trump earlier that day, Chung expressed Kim's commitment to denuclearization and desire fo...
NASA’s moon rocket roars to life during shortened test-firing

NASA’s moon rocket roars to life during shortened test-firing

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ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- NASA's plan to test its new moon rocket fell short of a scheduled eight-minute test-firing Saturday in Mississippi, as the engines were shut down at just over a minute into the test. The 212-foot-high core stage of the rocket roared to life at 5:27 p.m. at the John C. Stennis Space Center. The test created huge clouds of steam as 300 gallons of water per minute cooled the test stand to prevent overheating. Advertisement But NASA was unsure if the shortened test would require major alterations to the rocket, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a post-test news conference. "I don't think at this point that we have enough information to know" if the rocket could be moved to a launch pad, Bridenstine said. Even if NASA wanted to redo a test-firing immed...