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NASA’s incredible water system dumps 450,000 gallons in about a minute

NASA’s incredible water system dumps 450,000 gallons in about a minute

NASA have released a video that shows the incredible moment that 450,000 gallons of water is released onto a rocket launch pad in order to cool it down. It's called the Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression system, and NASA uses it to keep the launch pad at a manageable temperature even as its being blasted by a rocket.

The latest wet flow test, shown in the footage above, was conducted on October 15 at the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B.

Specifically, Nasa is preparing for next year's maiden flight of the Space Launch System (SLS), a new rocket that will produce 8.4 million pounds of thrust.

Engineers refined their ability to shoot more than half the contents of an Olympic swimming pool into the air after initial tests last December.

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In less than two minutes from start to finish, the system spews hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into the sky, with the stream climbing to roughly 100 feet into the air like a massive geyser.

"The test is part of preparation for launching our Space Launch System rocket on Exploration Mission-1 and subsequent missions".

"Exploration Mission-1 is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration to the Moon and Mars", NASA said. The Exploration Mission-1 will serve as a test for the new Space Launch System and the new Orion spacecraft, built to carry astronaut crews on deep space missions.

Orion has one uncrewed test flight under its belt.


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