According to foreign media reports, NASA is testing some new generation thrusters for future lunar landers, and they are glowing. In March this year, NASA and thruster development company frontier Aerospace conducted 60 high-temperature tests on two thruster prototypes in a vacuum chamber. NASA shared a picture showing the testing process on social media platforms wednesday local time.
It looks like the most awesome night light in the world.
These propellers are part of the Agency's Thruster for the Advancement of Low-temperature Operation in Space (TALOS) project, which uses a propellant called MON-25 that works well at very low temperatures in space. NASA said they would build smaller, lighter and cheaper spacecraft systems.
"Although the mon-25 has been tested since the 1980s, no spacecraft has yet used it," NASA said in a statement on Tuesday If the test goes well, the thrusters will be used for the Peregrine lander developed by astrobotic, a space company.
Peregrine is understood to be designed to carry small payloads to the moon. NASA hopes to land it on the surface of the moon in 2021, one of a series of unmanned missions planned to take astronauts back to the moon NASA 2024 through its Artemis plan.
Greg Barnett, NASA project manager, said: "NASA will soon verify the design of this multi-functional space propulsion so that NASA and commercial companies can easily implement this technology in future missions."