Video: NASA Test-Fires Crucial New Stage of J-2X Rocket

PopSci - Have you, like us, been missing the rumble and hiss of a good old-fashioned NASA launch? Since the space shuttle retired this summer, there have been a few space payload deliveries, sure — but it’s just not the same when it’s not a human launch system we’re talking about. There was always something special about that guttural roar and plume of white steam streaming from the launchpad. Well here you go: NASA just released this video of their new rocket stage, designed to carry the agency’s next generation spacecraft into deep space.

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