NASA’s “lean and green” Morpheus lander crashed and burned during a free flight test at Kennedy Space Center today, August 9, at approximately 12:46 pm EDT.
Watch a video of the failed test after the jump:
Designed in-house at Johnson Space Center, the Morpheus lander is engineered to use a liquid oxygen and methane fuel — relatively cheap materials that can be stored easily and would be available resources on other worlds besides Earth.
Morpheus’ first successful tethered flight had just occurred a few days earlier, on August 3.
It IS still rocket science, after all…
Images: NASA TV
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