The Value of Tests

On March 13, NASA recorded a hover test of Morpheus, a lander testbed used for assessing technologies that could be used in lunar, asteroidal, or Martian landings:


The test was successful, unlike one from a year earlier provacatively labelled “This is Why We Test”:


The video highlights the importance of remembering, in a time when cost savings drives further and further reductions in numbers of test flights, test models, and time for testing: there is a reason why we test.


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Merryl Azriel

Merryl Azriel

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Having wandered into professional writing and editing after a decade in engineering, science, and management, I now enjoy reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. After three years as Space Safety Magazine's deputy and then managing editor, I'm now an occasional contributor while I keep my pencil sharp as Proposal & Publication Manager for NASA/NOAA contractor INNOVIM. In my spare time, you’ll find me advocating for greater appreciation of the International Space Station, supporting International Space University projects, and every so often, reading a book.