Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) Test

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Title

Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) Test

Alternative Title

Space Shuttle Main Engine Test

Subject

John C. Stennis Space Center
Stennis Space Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (U.S.)
NASA

Description

After the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, many systems were upgraded to return the Space Shuttles to flight. As part of those upgrades, the main engines were redesigned and then tested by a static firing at John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. The Space Shuttle was meant as a reusable alternative to the traditional ballistic rockets used to launch manned spacecraft in the 1960s and 1970s. From 1981 to 2011, when the fleet was retired, five shuttles were flown over 130 times. It was the first space launch system, which was mostly reusable (the shuttles themselves and the solid rocket boosters). Shuttles were launched from Launch Complex 39A and Launch Complex 39B at John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Merritt Island, Florida.

Source

Original color photographic print: Leonard Pugh Collection.

Date Created

ca. 1987

Contributor

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original color photographic print.

Is Part Of

Florida Space Coast History Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

162 KB

Medium

1 color photographic print

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

John C. Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Leonard Pugh and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Michlowitz, Robert
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"The Shuttle." National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Accessed August 21, 2015. http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/the_shuttle/.

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Original Format

1 color photographic print

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