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NASA still puzzled about parachutes in rocket test

NASA still isn't sure why two parachutes failed during a test flight of its prototype moon rocket. Full story

NASA: Ares I-X rocket damaged in test flight

NASA says the Ares I-X booster rocket used in a test flight was badly dented when it fell into the Atlantic. Full story

NASA rocket launches on second try

   Oct. 28: NASA launched its experimental Ares I-X test rocket Wednesday, marking the first time in 30 years that a new rocket has launched from the Kennedy Space Center. NBC's David Gregory reports.

The strangest moments in space launch history

The Ares I-X delays are frustrating to say the least. But here's a look at some of the weirder moments, many from recent missions, in NASA's manned launch history. Full story

NASA test flight scrubbed over weather

NASA has scrubbed its first attempt to launch its newest rocket due to weather concerns. Full story

A behind-the-scenes look at building Ares I-X

NASA's first flight test of its Ares I-X booster is only slated to last two minutes, but it represents the culmination of years of work by more than a 1,000 people across 17 states. Full story

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The Ares I-X rocket sits atop launch pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral
The Ares I-X rocket sits atop launch pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral

The Ares I-X rocket sits atop launch pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida October 20, 2009. NASA has spent nearly four years and $350 million on Ares 1-X. The 327-foot (99-metre) tall vehicle -- the tallest rocket made since the 1960s-era Saturn rocket -- was hauled out

Ares launch
Ares launch

A bow shock forms around the Constellation Program's 327-foot-tall Ares I-X test rocket traveling at supersonic speed during its Oct. 28, 2009 launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The rocket produces 2.96 million pounds of thrust at liftoff and goes supersonic in 39 seconds.

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Ares

An illustration of the Ares I-X test launch from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Artwork: Ares I-X on pad
Artwork: Ares I-X on pad

An artist's conception shows the Ares I-X rocket on its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The test launch is now scheduled for Oct. 27.

Ares I-X rocket
Ares I-X rocket

For the first time in more than a quarter-century, a new space vehicle stands ready in NASA Kennedy Space Center's 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building in Florida. The final segments of the Ares I-X rocket, including the simulated crew module and launch abort system, were stacked on Aug. 13 on a mobil

Ares I-X
Ares I-X

Hardware for the Ares I-X flight test rocket is prepared for stacking in NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Ares I-X is meant to test components for NASA's next-generation launch vehicle. The flights of stairs at right provide a sense of scale.