WASHINGTON — NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc., or ATK, have
rescheduled the test of the new first-stage solid rocket motor for
the Ares I rocket. The static firing of the five-segment solid motor,
designated development motor -1, is scheduled for 1 p.m. MDT on
Thursday, Sept. 10, at the ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah. The
first firing attempt on Aug. 27 was scrubbed because of an anomaly
with the ground test controller.
The goal of this test is to obtain valuable thrust, roll-control,
acoustics and vibration data as engineers continue to design the Ares
To attend the test, journalists must register with ATK’s Trina
Patterson at 801-699-0943 by Sept. 8. News media bringing live
broadcast trucks must request parking prior to the event.
The test will be carried live on the NASA media channel beginning 10
minutes prior to the firing. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink
and schedule information, visit:
In addition, the NASA Ares Twitter feed will be updated throughout the
day. To follow, visit:
After the test, representatives from NASA and ATK will hold a media
teleconference at 1:45 p.m. To participate, reporters should e-mail
Ashley Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org for dial-in information.
For more information about Ares, visit:
HOUSTON — Two NASA astronaut commanders have perspectives like no
others on Twitter — the views of twin brothers preparing on opposite
sides of the world to command both the space shuttle and the
International Space Station.
The tweeting twins are astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly. Mark is the
commander of space shuttle mission STS-134, set to launch in late
2010. Scott is the commander of station Expedition 26, also set to
fly in late 2010. If schedules hold, the two may meet in space during
their respective commands.
To follow the Kelly twins as they give insights to the world, and to
each other, visit their respective Twitter accounts.
The brothers are natives of West Orange, N.J., and both are Navy
captains. NASA selected them as astronauts in 1996.
Mark is a veteran of three space shuttle flights. He served as the
pilot on missions STS-108 in 2001 and STS-121 in 2006 and commanded
STS-124 in 2008. He has logged 38 days in space on his three flights.
Scott is a veteran of two space shuttle flights. He served as the
pilot on mission STS-103 in 1999 and commanded STS-118 in 2007. He
has logged almost 21 days in space and is currently preparing for a
six-month stay aboard the station.
To follow all NASA astronauts currently on Twitter, visit:
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