NASA’s Ares I-X rocket, their new unmanned lunar rocket, is set to take flight on October 27 from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Senior managers made the decision regarding the 33-story rocket after a meeting Monday at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
Currently being prepped in high bay no.3 in the Vehicle Assmebly Building, the Ares I-X rocket will have an extended launch window from 8 a.m. to noon EDT.
Technicians at Kennedy have completed the stacking, or assembly, of the rocket on a mobile launch platform. This week, Ares I-X team members are conducting a launch countdown simulation and conducting final checks of the rocket’s systems.
The Ares launch will provide NASA with an opportunity to test and prove hardware, facilities and ground operations, while gathering critical data for the Ares I rocket and future launch vehicles.
If you could travel into outer space where would you go? The moon? Jupiter?