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Ares I-X Rocket Rollout Delayed

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Certainly not the end of the world, but the suborbital version of NASA’s Ares I booster rocket’s rollout has been delayed due to a problem with a part in the steering system.  Engineers are likely going to replace the part and test it in the next couple of days.

The Ares I booster is NASA’s “next generation” launch platform – currently being designed to ferry astronauts and equipment to the Moon and eventually to Mars.

No word yet if the delay means that the expected launch date will also have to be pushed back.  It’s currently scheduled for Oct. 27, but could happen as late as the 28th.  If those dates aren’t met, the launch will have to wait at least a couple of weeks while the range is used for other craft.

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