Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably heard that NASA launched a new rocket today. Below are some photos from in and around the NASA Press Site and also some video of the launch that I took today. The video also contains some decent manatee footage. There are usually manatees hanging around the turn basin there near the Press Site.
The Ares I is intended to replace the Space Shuttle for launching astronauts into space after it retires in the next year or so. Today’s launch, dubbed the I-X mission, was an unmanned flight test of this new rocket. Not only was it unmanned, but the whole upper stage was fake and just dropped into the ocean after separation. But we’re taking baby steps here, people. Don’t want to bite off more than we can chew. 🙂
Here’s the video that I took. Click on this link to see this video on the YouTube website where you can comment and vote on it and stuff.
Obligatory photo of the countdown clock with the launch vehicle in the background. It was 5am when I arrived at the Press Site this morning. Way way earlier than my normal arrival time.
Inside the NASA Press Site where they show various camera views of the launch vehicle and they also have some cool large models of the Ares I and also the future Ares V heavy lift cargo vehicle. These models are like 7 or 8 feet tall.
Various news channels shoot interviews all day long here at the NASA Press Site. Here you can see the Air Force weather officer getting some time on camera with Fox 35.
NASA TV showed some beautiful sunrise video …
… so I went outside to see it for myself.
Live trucks lined up in the NASA Press Site parking lot. You can see the rocket in amongst the transmission towers.
The NASA Press Site is about 3.5 miles from the launch pad. You can see the white rocket and the three really tall lightning towers around the launch pad. These towers were built especially for the Ares I program.
Here are the folks from NASA Edge recording their show. NASA Edge is a cool and hip educational program on NASA TV. You should check it out. While you’re there, be sure to also check out NASA-360, which is another cool educational program that NASA produces.