Wednesday update: successful launch occurred at 11:30 EDT. Engineers at Kennedy Space Center are looking at the returned telemetry from the 4 minute flight to see if everything worked as it should. Upper stage has impacted the ocean 8 minutes after launch. The lower stage should be coming down with parachutes. Check out the video of the launch below.
NASA Launched the unmanned Ares X-1 this morning, a test version of the rocket it hopes will be replacing the shuttle when it retires. The agency says this is the vehicle that will one day take humans to the Moon and even Mars. But this is a vital test flight of the yet untried design of the world’ largest rocket – 324 feet high. The Ares program has had a lot of critics for being an unstable design and too expensive. So a lot is riding on this morning’s liftoff. NASA says they got “reams of data” from onboard sensors and cameras that will take many months to analyze. Reports will be issued to the public as they come in.
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