NASA’s Mars Rocket Tests Now Available in VR
We all hope someday the NASA could use its Space Launch System to send humans to planet Mars and that we are alive to see it for ourselves… in Virtual Reality.
Watch Mars Rocket in a 360-degree Video by NASA
The most powerful rocket in the world is a little bit behind schedule, it was first expected to launch this very same year and it is no surprise for everyone that the project is even over budget. No one knows what will happen with NASA under Trump’s administration but the agency still released an exciting VR video of a hot-fire test of the main RS-25 engine, which will be used for Mars mission eventually. When you start the video you realize you’re standing in a spot you wouldn’t want to be –right in front of the flame trench that is directly behind the massive thrust space rocket.
“See the power of 512,000 pounds of thrust as this 360 video takes you inside a NASA RS-25 engine hot-fire test at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi on Feb. 22. This offers a unique perspective of an engine that will work with three other RS-25s to produce 2 million pounds of thrust that will aid in sending the Space Launch System – the world’s most powerful rocket—into orbit.”
The RS-25 with liquid fuel is the updated version of the Space Shuttle’s main engines. It will pump out nearly a quarter of the SLS’s 8.8 million pounds of thrust. As soon as the rocket launches, the motors will start firing without stopping for about 8.5 minutes. This will power the Orion capsule into space orbit and well beyond that. The RS-25 engine pumps out hot gasses at an unbelievable speed that is 13 times that of the sound, and at one moment of the video, the amazing force of water and smoke covers the entire camera.