NASA broke new ground, or, stratospheres this week as they tested the world’s biggest rocket at its desert test base.

NASA blasted the world’s biggest rocket at its desert test base. The NASA mission marked the first outing of the Space Launch System booster and new High Dynamic Range Stereo X camera that surpassed all expectations and captured the blast in stunning detail, thanks to NASA’s (HiDyRS-X), which caught the spectacular results on camera.

Until now, taking stills of rocket launches has been notoriously difficult because the bright plumes are difficult to record without cutting down the exposure settings, but the HiDyRS-X has overcome this by recording multiple slow-motion video exposures at the same time.

Brilliantly, structural dynamist Howard Convers, admitted the secret scientific fact that the process is integral to innovation and invention.

“I was bummed. Especially because we did not experience any failures during the dry runs. Failure during testing of the camera is the opportunity to get smarter,” he said. “Without failure, technology and innovation is not possible.”

The technology, first tested in June, appeared online this week showing the epic power of a rocket in unprecedented detail. The camera was triggered remotely, but despite hitting some glitches, the test was hailed as a major breakthrough.

It was the Space Launch System’s (SLS) booster’s final ground test before its scheduled test launch in 2018. The SLS will be used to launch crews of up to four astronauts in the Orion spacecraft on missions to explore deep-space destinations.

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