I have been selected to attend the next NASA Social event testing an RS-25 engine in support of the SLS program at the NASA Stennis faculty! These are the repurposed Space Shuttle main engines. The test will be happening on the same stands used to test the Saturn V engines. We should get to witness a full 8.5 minute burn as well as visiting the Michoud facility where they are building the SLS’ core. If you want to follow me during the event I am @michaelrennick on Twitter and Instagram. Also, if you have questions then post them below. I will do my best to get them answered.

Here are more details on what we will be doing. NASA Social participants will have the opportunity to:

  • get a rare behind the scenes look at everything NASA is doing to get ready for deep space travel
  • see manufacturing taking place for the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) — NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket that will send humans to deep space destinations
  • see a structural model used for testing the new Orion spacecraft, which will take humans beyond Earth orbit
  • see NASA’s journey to Mars come alive through exhibits and speakers set up throughout NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility
  • witness the mighty RS-25 engine test firing
  • tour NASA facilities at Stennis Space Center
  • speak with representatives from NASA and the contract companies creating the capabilities to send humans to Mars
  • view and take photographs of the facilities and the RS-25 engine
  • see and hear the technologies needed to explore the Red Planet, habitat and lander development, and recent progress on SLS, the Orion spacecraft and ground systems operations
  • visit the historic B-2 test stand that is being renovated for SLS testing. Four RS-25 engines will be used to power the massive core stage of the SLS
  • meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
  • meet members of the NASA social media team