Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Open house includes engine test

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The public will get an opportunity Oct. 19 to view a test firing of an RS-25 flight engine that will be used to power NASA’s new Space Launch System. This engine, No. 2063, will be one of four that will be used for SLS on Exploration Mission-2, the first flight of the rocket that will carry astronauts. The engine test is part of the Founder’s Day Open House at Stennis Space Center. The theme of the event is “SSC – 56 Years of Making Fire and Rain!” to commemorate the anniversary of the rocket engine test site. NASA announced plans on Oct. 25, 1961, to build a site in south Mississippi for testing the Apollo Program rocket stages that carried humans to the moon. Security gates will be open for access to the site from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Only U.S. citizens age 10 or older will be allowed to participate. Open house activities, including exhibits, demonstrations and speakers, will be hosted by participating Stennis agencies prior to an afternoon test of RS-25 flight engine on the A-1 Test Stand. Each participant must obtain a ticket to gain entry to the site. (Source: GCAC, 10/04/17) Previous