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Taking Flight: Ares I-X Test Flight

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Uploaded on Aug 27, 2008

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NASA's first test flight for the agency's next-generation spacecraft and launch vehicle system is launching in 2009. The test flight, called Ares I-X, will bring NASA one step closer to its exploration goals -- to return to the moon for more ambitious exploration of the lunar surface and to travel to Mars and destinations beyond.

The Ares I-X flight will provide NASA an early opportunity to test and prove hardware, facilities and ground operations associated with the Ares I crew launch vehicle. It also will allow NASA to gather critical data during ascent of the integrated Orion crew exploration vehicle and the Ares I launch vehicle stack -- data that will ensure the vehicle system as a whole is safe and fully operational before astronauts begin traveling into orbit.

Video credit: NASA

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