Friday, January 24, 2020


Hey Space Placers!

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is getting ready to conduct a test firing of the core stage that will propel the uncrewed Artemis 1mission.

The Core Stage Being Positioned
Credit: NASA
The famous B-2 test stand was where every Saturn V and Space Shuttle main engines were tested to be certified for flight.

In 2014 I visited the B-2 stand and NASA was adding a million pounds of steel to handle the mammoth 212-foot tall core stage and upgrade the water cascading system to handle an additional 30,000 gallons of water per minute for a total of 330,000 gallons a minute.

Here are three pics I took of the B-2 stand, including the view from the top. NASA personnel called the white structure on top "the battleship" where the new steel was being added.

This will be quite the show when this candle gets lit........

Sky Guy in VA

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