A GLIMPSE INTO THE HISTORY OF NASA STENNIS SPACE CENTER
Engineers at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center conducted cluster testing early in the Space Shuttle Program – as shown in this 1979 photo – to make sure a three-engine configuration would perform well enough to lift the shuttle into orbit. Successful testing of the engine cluster still is considered one of the finest achievements at Stennis.
A steam plume billows from the test stand during a space shuttle main engine test at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center. Since 1975, Stennis engineers have tested every main engine used in the Space Shuttle Program.
A closeup shot shows the mach diamond generated during a test of a space shuttle main engine at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space.
On NASA’s latest space shuttle mission, STS-123, shuttle Endeavour climbs toward space, powered by a cluster of three main engines, all of which were tested at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center.