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 11/02/09: Ares 1-X Rocket Lifts Off

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PostSubject: 11/02/09: Ares 1-X Rocket Lifts Off   Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:30 am

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Last week, NASA test fired a new rocket. The Ares 1-X was the first non-shuttle rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center since the Saturn launched humans to Earth orbit and the Moon in the 1960s and 1970s. NASA is testing Ares as a prelude to replacing the aging space shuttle fleet. The tremendous thrust of the Ares 1-X can bring the massive rocket from a standing start to a vertical speed of over 100 kilometers per hour in under eight seconds. The test rocket launched last week was longer than a football field and covered with over 700 sensors to record data that will enable engineers to refine details of future Ares rockets. Pictured above, the Ares 1-X blasts into space while the top part of the rocket becomes engulfed in a shock collar of water droplets likely created by the sudden drop of air pressure.


notice the top as it breaks the sound barrier... wow.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0911/ares1_duncan_big.jpg

can't put the pic in... it's just too big ROFL
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