Ares I-X: An Illustrated History

Going Up

I’m not quite ready to stop thinking about NASA’s Ares I-X rocket test earlier this week–and neither is’s Big Picture blog, where a great collection of images today goes from the rocket’s construction to its first launch.

We go from the shrink-wrapped delivery of its individual parts to its birth in the hangars Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Buidling, High Bay 4. From its engine tests in the Utah desert to its first real launch this past Wednesday, complete with a nice shot of its “shock egg” vapor plume.

Let’s begin the weekend properly with some high-res rocketry photos, shall we?

Big Picture