Our social coverage of NASA events has generated a great deal of interest and participation. We hope to encourage our student audience to dream big as they engage with us in the continuing advancement of NASA’s deep-space mission.
Promontory, UT (PRWEB) March 11, 2015
Today, March 11, NASA is scheduled to test the world’s most powerful rocket booster, the Space Launch System (SLS). This is the first of two flight qualification tests, as part of a plan for deep space missions that will include flights to an asteroid and to Mars.
Envision social media expert Spencer Burgos will share the opportunity in real-time via social media, as he interacts with NASA personnel at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, Utah. Burgos’ trip to the event is part of Envision’s ongoing efforts to present students of all ages with engaging learning opportunities beyond the classroom, as well as to promote career opportunities in the STEM fields.
“Our social coverage of NASA events has generated a great deal of interest and participation,” said Burgos. “As we’d hoped, today’s youth are inspired by the innovative technology continually under development at NASA, and the future promise inherent in space exploration. For us at Envision, the SLS program signifies new discoveries, new career fields and expanded horizons. We hope to encourage our student audience to dream big as they engage with us in the continuing advancement of NASA’s deep-space mission.”
Yesterday Burgos participated in NASA’s SLS pre-test social media events, which included staff interviews, touring the test facilities, and a briefing on the booster’s development. Today he’ll be on-hand for the booster test, documenting all activity in live video, photos and commentary. The public can share in the experience via Envision’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages (hashtags: #SLSFiredUp and #JourneytoMars).
SLS is the largest solid rocket motor ever built. As a key element of NASA’s journey to Mars, the two-minute static fire test is a significant milestone, and follows years of development. After qualification, the booster hardware will help send the rocket, along with NASA’s Orion spacecraft, on its first flight test, un-crewed, beyond low-Earth orbit. As the SLS is updated, it will provide an unprecedented lift capability of 130 metric tons, to carry missions – and astronauts – even farther into deep space.
“I’m excited to be here for this major SLS milestone, and hope to be around to cover the trip to Mars,” Burgos said. “My message to our students: test out your own future and prepare to explore uncharted territory!”
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