NASA is headed back to the Moon. It plans to send astronauts back to the lunar surface by 2024 — though that date has always seemed a bit too optimistic for most experts — and when it does, it’ll be using the SLS, or Space Launch System rocket to make it happen. The SLS has been in development for a long while and it’s gone through rigorous testing to ensure it meets NASA’s demands.
Now, NASA has released a video showcasing its own destruction of the SLS rocket. By intentionally pushing the rocket past its designed limits for strength, the space agency gets a better idea of just how durable it truly is. Video of these tests has been shared, but this is the first time we get to see the behind-the-scenes of how it all went down.
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