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[b]The countdown begins[/b]
NASA's first flight test for the agency's next-generation spacecraft and launch vehicle system, Ares I-X will bring NASA one step closer to its exploration goals. The flight test will provide NASA with an early opportunity to test and prove flight characteristics, hardware, facilities and ground operations associated with the Ares I.
The launch team's "call to stations" came at 12:30 a.m. EDT, and the seven-hour countdown picked up a half hour later. About 30 team members are operating today from the newly renovated Young-Crippen Firing Room at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Control Center.
With no technical issues being worked toward the targeted 8:00 a.m. liftoff, weather remains the only concern. There only is a 40 percent chance of favorable conditions during the window, which extends until noon.
Previous Ares I-X update topics: [list][*][URL=http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum39/HTML/000175.html]Assembly updates and photographs[/URL]
[*][URL=http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum39/HTML/000227.html]Modal test (Was: Tennis Shoe Test)[/URL]
[*][URL=http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum39/HTML/000230.html]Rollout to Pad 39B (photo gallery)[/URL]
[*][URL=http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum39/HTML/000231.html]Launch preparations and updates[/URL][/list]
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