High stakes as Ares I-X prepares for launch

For the first time in nearly 35 years, something other than a space shuttle will stand atop launchpad Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center tonight, as the Ares I-X rocket moves into place for an Oct. 27 test launch. But even as NASA hails "the First Flight of a New Era," some experts say the chosen rocket for the Constellation programs is "a design that turned out to be too little, too late, with too high a price tag."

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