3 - 2 - 1 - Practice Launch

The final practice countdown for the Ares I-X test rocket launch is underway. NASA launch teams, always eager to get it right first time, are running through a complete countdown simulation just days ahead of Tuesday's test flight.

Ares I-X enroute to the pad

So, aren't they talking about scrapping Ares?

Ironically, this could be the only Ares launch as the Obama administration is currently assessing the results of an independent review of U.S. human spaceflight plans. One of the recommendations is to use existing launch platforms such as the Atlas rocket and attach the NASA hardware.

It is unlikely, but entirely possible, that this could be a very historic launch so crank up NASA TV Tuesday morning and catch a piece of the action for yourself.

Happy Spacing Spacers!

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