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