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In the SpaceX Engine Test Bunker

Performing a short burst test of the Super Draco engine, which will be used by the Dragon spacecraft for multiple purposes in flight: emergency escape from launch pad to space, maneuvering in orbit, and propulsive landing on Earth... or Mars.

 

Short video and more photos below, from the SpaceX engine test facility in McGregor, Texas.

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Taken on September 7, 2012