There was a blast from the
past on Thursday - a sound from the 60s at the Marshall Space Flight Center.
It was the hot fire test
of the Saturn V, F-1 engine gas generator, the little engine that starts the bigger
This particular F-1 has been in
mothballs at the Smithsonian was and pulled out by young engineers who want to
help build a more modern, yet less expensive version for NASA's massive deep
Chris Crumbly with NASA
said Marshall engineers have already performed 11 tests on the engine to make
sure they understand how it works.
They hope a more advanced, lighter, smarter
version could be built and chosen to propel the new space launch system to the
moon, Mars, and beyond.