Ares I-X booster recovery. Photo by Manny Deleon. #Ares I-X
But perhaps the most interesting innovation is the access to NASA’s vast image library, offering images from various telescopes and space cameras as they are uploaded. Users will be some of the first to see these images from the deepest parts of space. There are also some really awesome “artist renderings” from the ’60s and ’70s.
The Ares 1-X rocket that launched today is part of testing missions in effort to return astronauts to the moon and finally get a manned mission to Mars. Creating new interest in the space program is part of an ongoing effort by NASA to once again get the attention of Congress, who have routinely cut funding in recent years. Hopefully, this application is not simply a small app for man, but a giant leap NASA public relations.
We know we’re excited!