NASA's space launch system booster passes major ground test

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This NASA video shows the booster's nozzle plug bursting. (KTRK)

NASA has released new slow-motion footage showing the June 28 test of a booster that will help power the Space Launch System, a rocket that will allow for deep-space missions including a hoped-for trip to Mars.

This video shows the booster's nozzle plug bursting.

The plug is installed over the booster to prevent dust particles and moisture from accumulating inside prior to ignition, and shattered pieces were found as far as 2,000 feet away after the test finished.

According to a press release, the Space Launch System's boosters will provide more than 75 percent of the over 8 million pounds of thrust required to launch the rocket skyward.
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