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NASA Tests SLS Rocket Booster

The first full scale booster test at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, Utah in March 2015. Photo: NASA

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Two solid rocket boosters, each 177 feet tall, will help NASA’s next generation of rocket escape the grasp of Earth’s gravity.

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will help carry the Orion capsule to places like deep space and an orbit around the moon, and do so as early as 2018.

Tuesday’s test will fire the booster for two-minutes, the same amount of time they’ll burn in a real mission providing 3.6 million pounds of thrust.

It’s the last of two test firings of the booster before for Exploration Mission 1 – an unpiloted test flight of the Orion capsule launching from Kennedy Space Center.

The test takes place in Utah and airs on NASA TV starting at 9:30 am.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host ... Read Full Bio »