As part of the SLS archeology project, a group of NASA engineers have refurbished a gas-generator , essentially a separate rocket engine used to drive pumps for the main engine, used for the famous Saturn F-1 engines and fired it several times.
- That sound in Huntsville today? It was NASA test-firing a piece of rocket history (video) – Huntsville Times
- Saturn V “moon rocket” engine firing again after 40 years, sort of: NASA pulls giant engine parts from museums, remakes ’em, and lights ’em up – Ars Technica
- World’s Most Powerful Engine Blazes Path for Space Launch System Advanced Propulsion – NASA
- NASA Engineers Resurrect And Test Mighty F-1 Engine Gas Generator: Testing Will Aid NASA’s Space Launch System Advanced Development – NASA – Jan.15.13
(I’ll note that she was in no way the first space tourist, though she is sometimes referred to as that. She did not decide to go to space and then made it happen with her own resources. She was instead selected in a competition with thousands of other people and her scientific background strongly influenced that selection.)
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spots lots of bizarre and beautiful patterns on Mars created by “Dry Ice and Dunes”: Thawing ‘Dry Ice’ Drives Groovy Action on Mars – MRO/JPL