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The NASA flood on the Kennedy Space Center launch site sent 450,000 gallons of water about 100 feet into the air. They do this to reduce the extreme heat and energy generated by a rocket launch.
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Needing so much water?

As part of its preparations for its new Space Launch System, NASA tested the water flood system, which is launching 450,000 gallons of water on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center.

NASA posted a video of October 15 test on YouTube on Friday

According to NASA, the water flood damage system is used to reduce extreme heat and energy generated after a rocket launch.

The Space Launch System is Basically a Huge NASA Rocket

The system was designed to carry larger payloads and generate more energy, which could open the door to space missions, "including robotic scientific missions to places like Mars, Saturn and Jupiter " NASA said.

Exploration Mission-1, the first mission using the space launch system, will serve as a test for the system and the new Orion spacecraft to transport astronaut crews on space missions. It is expected to start in June 2020.

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