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August 21, 2014
NASA Engineers Begin Testing for SLS Liquid Oxygen Feed System
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 12, 2014
Let's be honest - geysers are really cool. You've got an eruption of water and vapor that can burst to heights of 185 feet. What's not to like about that? When building propellant tanks for the world's most powerful rocket, NASA engineers want to make sure Old Faithful stays in Yellowstone. So beginning Aug. 5, anti-geyser testing is underway at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) - the rocket that will make deep space missions p ... read more

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