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The Vehicle Assembly Building a ballast assembly is lifted toward the Ares I-X segments for installation.

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In high bay 4 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a ballast assembly is lifted toward the Ares I-X segments for installation. These ballast assemblies will be installed in the upper stage 1 and 7 segments and will mimic the mass of the fuel. Their total weight is approximately 160,000 pounds. Ares I-X is the test vehicle for the Ares I, which is part of the Constellation Program to return men to the moon and beyond. Ares I is the essential core of a safe, reliable, cost-effective space transportation system that eventually will carry crewed missions back to the moon, on to Mars and out into the solar system. Ares I may also use its 25-ton payload capacity to deliver resources and supplies to the International Space Station, or to "park" payloads in orbit for retrieval by other spacecraft bound for the moon or other destinations. The Ares I-X is targeted for launch in July 2009. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

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  • Title: The Vehicle Assembly Building a ballast assembly is lifted toward the Ares I-X segments for installation.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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