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Critical engine test for NASA’s Space Launch System megarocket shuts down earlier than planned –

The SLS core booster will help launch NASA’s Artemis 1 mission to the moon.



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NASA fired up the core stage of its massive new rocket the Space Launch System
(SLS) on Saturday (Jan. 16) in a critical test that ended prematurely when the booster’s engines shut down earlier than planned. 
Smoke and flames billowed from the four RS-25 engines that power the behemoth rocket’s core booster, a centerpiece of NASA’s Artemis moon program, as it roared to life atop a test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Ignition occurred at 5:27  
EST (2227 GMT),…

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