NASA is midway through wind-tunnel tests of the cargo variant of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket earmarked for the Europa Clipper exploration mission and, due to new higher-fidelity testing techniques, is closer to validating the vehicle’s true performance characteristics for its flight to the icy Jovian moon. Although the human-rated SLS Block 1 version of the vehicle is now in final assembly for its initial test mission, the changes to the design for the follow-on cargo version ...

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