Friday, May 26, 2006

An Engine for the Moon Rocket

NASA have chosen the engine for the rocket designed to launched a spacecraft to the Moon. The RS-68 engine from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will power the first stage of the new heavy-lift rocket being developed by the agency.

The liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen RS-68 is capable of producing 650,000 pounds of thrust at sea level, compared to 420,000 lbs produced by the space shuttle engine.

Photo Credit: Pratt&Whitney Rocketdyne/NASA

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