Ares I-X launches !!

First launch for Ares

First launch of the Ares Rocket


The stars and stripes on the American flag reflect NASA’s commitment to teamwork as the Constellation Program’s Ares I-X test rocket roars off Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket produces 2.96 million pounds of thrust at liftoff and reaches a speed of 100 mph in eight seconds. Liftoff of the 6-minute flight test was at 11:30 a.m. EDT Oct. 28. This was the first launch from Kennedy’s pads of a vehicle other than the space shuttle since the Apollo Program’s Saturn rockets were retired. The parts used to make the Ares I-X booster flew on 30 different shuttle missions ranging from STS-29 in 1989 to STS-106 in 2000. The data returned from more than 700 sensors throughout the rocket will be used to refine the design of future launch vehicles and bring NASA one step closer to reaching its exploration goals. For information on the Ares I-X vehicle and flight test, visit http://www.nasa.gov/aresIX. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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2 responses to “Ares I-X launches !!

  1. Warm Southern Breeze

    And imagine… all these years I had been taught that “the stars and stripes on the American flag reflect” the 13 original colonies and the 50 states, respectively! ;-)

    I’m glad there was a successful launch.

  2. As I recall, the stars and stripes ‘represent’ the original colonies and the 50 states. Many things are reflected by the flag. A reflection is a vision, usually subject to the viewer’s perspective. Remember the pot calling the shiny kettle black ? The pot was seeing a reflection of itself.
    Often times our flag is seen as a vision of our hopes and dreams.
    /;^)

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