NASA Set to Attempt Launch of Ares I-X Again Today

ares I-X

NASA's Ares I-X rocket is seen on Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

After weather halted the launch of the Ares I-X yesterday, NASA is set to try the launch again this morning at 8am ET.  The new Ares I-X is a prototype of the space shuttle’s replacement.  One of the main goals of this launch is to test the parachutes.  There are three parachutes that are part of the deceleration system for the Ares I-X.  Each parachute is 150 feet in diameter and weighs one ton each.  They are the largest rocket parachutes ever created.

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