Stennis Space Center Collection
VIP's Get a Closeup Look at a Space Shuttle Main Engine
NASA/Stennis Space Center
Space Shuttle Main Engine, SSME,
A Stennis Space Center engineer gives area VIP's a tour of the facility where Space Shuttle Main Engines are processed. The SSME is the most reliable and highly tested large rocket engine ever built. Using liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as fuel, each shuttle main engine can generate between 305,000 and 512,300 pounds of thrust. The SSME's high-performance fuel turbopump generates 77,310 horsepower and its liquid oxygen turbopump produces 29,430 horsepower.
Space Shuttle Orbiter
Stennis Space Center (SSC)
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