The Ares 1-X rocket lifted off pad 39 b at 11:30 am est. The launch looked perfect and is the first baby steps for a new human exploration program named ‘Constellation’
NASA’s Ares 1-X test rocket sits on launch pad 39-b at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA is hoping calmer weather will permit a second-attempt launch of a prototype rocket that could take astronauts back to the Moon — and perhaps one day send them to Mars, too.(AFP/Getty Images/Matt Stroshane)
NASA hasn’t had much luck with mother nature but perhaps today will be the charm. The Ares 1-X is the next generation of rockets that will launch the new Orion space vehicle to the Moon and hopefully someday to Mars.
Graphic on the test flight of NASA’s Ares I-X prototype. NASA has delayed until Wednesday attempts to test a prototype rocket designed to return astronauts to the Moon, and perhaps one day send them to Mars.(AFP/Graphic)