Thursday, August 9, 2012

Morpheus Crashes, Burns At Kennedy Space Center

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida --  At approximately 12:45 p.m. today, a free-flight test of the Project Morpheus lander resulted in the craft crashing and catching on fire at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

A small leak was contained just minutes prior to the test.

Project Morpheus is one of 20 small projects in the NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate's Advanced Exploration Systems program. These projects pioneer new approaches for rapidly developing prototype systems, demonstrating key capabilities and validating operational concepts for future human missions beyond Earth orbit.

Source: NASA
Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett