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NASA scientists are reporting success. They have been test-firing the largest and most powerful rocket motor ever designed for space flight.
The Development Motor-2 is the most powerful solid rocket motor ever built.
It was designed for the Constellation space program.
The rocket proved itself with a 2-minute test of jaw-dropping power as a crowd of observers looked on.
According to NASA scientists, the test held on Tuesday in the Utah desert was a success.
Earlier results showed positive data from over 760 instruments used in the test.
The five-segment motor was cooled to 40 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure its durability in cold weather.
The DM-2 is designed to propel an Ares rocket into space. It’s expected to generate up to 3.6 million pounds of thrust at launch.
The DM-2 will undergo further testing, even though US President Barack Obama has stated a preference for cancelling the Constellation program’s Ares rocket, in favour of commercial space travel.