A mobile launcher has been built for the Ares 1. The problem is, if the Obama administration has its way, there never will be such a rocket.Full story
Sept. 11: Officials at NASA hope that the Ares 1 rocket will one day help launch astronauts 30 miles into space in about two minutes.
Static test fire of first stage of Ares 1 rocket at ATK west of Brigham City, Utah is shown on Tuesday Aug. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/ Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann) DES NEWS OUT, NO MAGS
A bright plume of exhaust roars from the end of a five-segment solid rocket booster during an Aug. 31, 2010 test of the first stage for NASA's Ares I rocket in Promontory, Utah.
An artist's conception shows NASA's Ares I rocket lofting an Orion exploration vehicle into orbit.
The five-segment first stage of the Ares 1 rocket is test-fired at Alliant Techsystems' test stand in Utah on Thursday. The motor is to be used in NASA's next-generation space transportation system.