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Picture of the Day - Blasting Off Into History

Published by Matt on Mon Mar 1, 2010 7:12 pm via: NASA
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NASA’s Space Shuttle Program conducted the final test firing of a reusable solid rocket motor Feb. 25 in Promontory, Utah. The flight support motor, or FSM-17, burned for approximately 123 seconds–the same time each reusable solid rocket motor burns during an actual space shuttle launch.

Final test firing of a reusable solid rocket motor Feb. 25 in Promontory, Utah. Credit: NASA

Final test firing of a reusable solid rocket motor Feb. 25 in Promontory, Utah. Credit: NASA

Preliminary indications show all test objectives were met. After final test data are analyzed, results for each objective will be published in a NASA report.

The test–the 52nd conducted for NASA by ATK Launch Systems, a unit of Alliant Techsystems Inc.–marks the closure of a test program that has spanned more than three decades. The first test was in July 1977. The ATK-built motors have successfully launched the space shuttle into orbit 129 times.

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