In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) core stage continues to make “Green Run” progress. Near Earth Objects (NEOs) are a passing concern.
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Green Run testing enters home stretch, countdown simulation to begin NET 19 SeptemberCoalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Northrop GrummanAmericaSpace.com (9/11): At NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, workers are striving toward a milestone “Green Run” ground test of the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage in which all four RS-25 engines would fire for a full duration of eight minutes. The test could come as soon as next month, despite challenges presented by powerful hurricane Laura, other tropical storms and the coronavirus pandemic. Once the current series of eight ground tests is complete, the core stage moves on to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the launch of Artemis 1, an uncrewed test flight of the SLS and Orion crew capsule, currently planned for next year.
Should we be looking harder for asteroids? Mystery space rock could have caused ‘global devastation’Forbes (9/13): Last week, an amateur astronomer in Brazil spotted a previously undiscovered asteroid that passed within 25 million miles of Earth. Though not ...