One of the things I’ve been looking forward to recently is the rollout (on 10/20) and the launch (scheduled for 10/27) of Â Ares I-X: NASA’s first test flight of the new rockets in support of the Constellation Program (created by Bush II in his Vision for Space Exploration).
It’s been exciting to read about the development, creation, and assembly of the new rockets — the first new thing from NASA since the launch of STS-1 in 1981. Â Even more exciting, in a different sort of way, is to read the debates going on right now on the web and trying to figure out what’s going to happen next. Â There’s been a review of the entire program by the Augustine Commission — and the future direction of NASA is going to announced soon by new NASA administrator Charles Bolden.
Whether or not Ares I continues development, it’s still an exciting time in Human Spaceflight…even if you only get to watch from the sidelines.