The Vehicle Of Our Mars Dreams Is A Needle Waiting To Thread Space

Illustration for article titled The Vehicle Of Our Mars Dreams Is A Needle Waiting To Thread Space

Marvel at the beauty of NASA's Ares I-X test rocket, due to launch on Tuesday. If all goes well, NASA can move forward with development of its next-generation Orion spacecraft, which should carry us to the Moon... and Mars.

Advertisement

According to The Register, this is the tallest rocket NASA has built in three decades, and it has 700 sensors on board to understand how a rocket this tall can fly. Photos by AP/John Raoux.

Illustration for article titled The Vehicle Of Our Mars Dreams Is A Needle Waiting To Thread Space
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled The Vehicle Of Our Mars Dreams Is A Needle Waiting To Thread Space
Illustration for article titled The Vehicle Of Our Mars Dreams Is A Needle Waiting To Thread Space
Illustration for article titled The Vehicle Of Our Mars Dreams Is A Needle Waiting To Thread Space
Illustration for article titled The Vehicle Of Our Mars Dreams Is A Needle Waiting To Thread Space
Advertisement

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

cljohnston108
cljohnston108

I wasn't too impressed by the new ship until I saw it hard down at the pad.

Using the Shuttle's old platform & gantry really gives a sense of the size difference.

I'm sure it's gonna get its own support hardware at some point, but right now it all looks kinda odd sitting there, like when a kid puts his 1/32 scale model rocket on a 1/72 scale launch pad from an entirely different kit altogether.

(Those tombstone-lookin' things are for the Shuttle's aft umbilicals, and the exhaust ports in the platform are off to either side, so that's why the Ares looks off-center on the platform.)