NASA's Ares 1-X Rocket: Space Shuttle Replacement?

This isn't your daddy's space ship -- but it is something your grandfather might recognize. The Ares 1-X rocket sitting on the launch pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center is ready to go, scheduled for launch Tuesday morning if the weather holds. It won't go far on this trip, but NASA hopes it will eventually take astronauts beyond low Earth orbit and -- someday -- on to Mars. This launch follows a less-than-wholehearted endorsement by the Augustine Commission, the presidential panel that...Full Story
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