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

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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. I lead a fantastic all-volunteer staff as Managing Editor of Space Safety Magazine and keep my pencil sharp as Proposal & Publication Manager for INNOVIM, a NASA/NOAA contractor. 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.