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05.26.09
 
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Artist's concept of the Ares I-X launch. Image file name: Ares_I-X_launch_hr
DPI: 300
Width & Height (in inches): 6 x 4
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Caption: The first high-altitude test of the Ares I rocket that will launch astronauts on journeys to the International Space Station, the moon, and beyond is scheduled for later in 2009. The Ares I-X flight test vehicle will launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
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Drawing showing the Arex I-X partial stack modal test configurations. Image file name: modal_stack_configs_hr
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Width & Height (in inches): 11 x 8.5
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Caption: The "modal tests" include two partial stack tests and a test of the full Ares I-X vehicle on the Mobile Launch Platform, all in Kennedy's Vertical Assembly Building. At left, the first partial stack test will involve only the top part of the vehicle and includes the launch abort tower, crew module, service module and spacecraft adaptor. At right, the second partial stack test consists of the vehicle's interstage, frustum and simulated fifth segment of the first stage of the rocket. The center diagram illustrates the full vehicle (not to scale). The grayed areas represent Stack 5, at top, and Stack 1, midway, on the vehicle.
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Drawing showing a comparison of the Saturn V (363 ft.), Ares I-X (327 ft.), and Delta V (233 ft.) rockets. Image file name: modal_saturn_delta_hr
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Caption: At approximately 14 feet in average diameter and 320 feet long, Ares I-X has a high "slenderness ratio" compared to other launch vehicles. The similarly-shaped Delta IV, for instance, is about 17 feet in average diameter and 225 feet long. The Saturn V was about 33 feet in average diameter and 363 feet in length.
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