Stennis Space Center tests rocket component designed to help astronauts get to Mars

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (WGNO) – NASA engineers at the Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis successfully tested a rocket engine today that will help power the rocket NASA will use when it travels to Mars.

The Space Launch System rocket is being developed to “send humans farther into deep space than they have ever traveled,” including Mars, NASA said in a press release.

The SLS is one of two main components of NASA’s “Journey to Mars” initiative. The Orion is the capsule that will carry four astronauts. The Orion will sit on top of the SLS.

More tests are planned for the fall of this year.