This video of alleged clouds from a huge machine, claimed as a Rain Cloud generating machine, almost a decade old #FakeNews keeps resurfacing every now and then.
This time it’s @SrBachchan Mr. Amitabh Bachhan who fell for it.
… can we get one in India .. I mean right now .. RIGHT NOW .. PLEASE !!🇮🇳🇮🇳🙏🙏 https://t.co/pTRI8r4VsK
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 26, 2019
He quoted the following tweet which was viral before his tweet –
— JayasreeVijayan (@JayasreeVijayan) June 26, 2019
This Fake News has been around for approximately a decade
As far as we could track, the first Fake News was uploaded on YouTube in March 2011 i.e. 8 years ago
Given the enormity of the smoke coming out, it’s color and pattern looking like a cloud, plus the added credible name NASA, people are prone to believe in this Fake.
It’s actually an engine of Space Ship being tested
“I suspect the reason that this viral inaccuracy has resurfaced is because NASA tested its powerful RS-25 engine on February 21 at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The RS-25 engine powered the Space Shuttle and a similar version will be used for NASA’s new Space Launch System (see image below). Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi has been a longtime test facility for such engines and is probably why these tests have generated “fake news” over the years. A NASA press release points out,
Operators powered one of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) engines up to 113 percent thrust level, the highest RS-25 power level yet achieved, during a test on Feb. 21 at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The test lasted 260 seconds with power levels at 113 percent for 50 seconds of the test. This was the third full-duration test conducted on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis this year. NASA has been using the stand since January 2015 to test RS-25 engines for use on its new SLS rocket. Four RS-25 engines will help power SLS at launch, supplying a combined 2 million pounds of thrust and working in conjunction with a pair of solid rocket boosters to provide more than 8 million pounds of thrust.”