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NASA test flight delayed, bad weather still looms

NASA test flight delayed, bad weather still looms

NASA's newest rocket is on the verge of blasting off on a test flight, but minor problems are causing last-minute delays.
The Ares I-X rocket is set to lift off Tuesday morning. But forecasters are monitoring upper-level winds and clouds that could delay the experimental flight. It's already 1 1/2 hours late because of extra time needed for the countdown and minor communication system trouble.
This is the first step in NASA's effort to return astronauts to the moon.
The flight will last two minutes. Parachutes will drop the first-stage booster into the Atlantic for recovery. The upper portion of the rocket _ all fake parts _ will fall uncontrolled into the ocean.
NASA expects to learn a lot, even if it's for another type of rocket. The White House is re-evaluating the human spaceflight program.


Updated : 2021-04-23 16:02 GMT+08:00