Watch Ares I-X rocket launch live online


NASA today began the countdown for the test launch of the world’s largest rocket designed to replace the aging space shuttle and one day take astronauts back to the moon and beyond.

The 327-foot rocket, called the Ares I-X, is set to launch at 8 a.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. However, forecasters say there’s a big chance that bad weather could delay the test flight.

The space agency has installed more than 700 sensors throughout the rocket to collect reams of data and confirm it is safe and stable during a launch.

The air travel is only slated to last two minutes, but it represents the culmination of years of work by the ATK Space Systems in Utah and almost 1,000 other NASA workers and private contractors across 17 states.

The build up and the takeoff will be broadcast live online on NASA TV.

[Image credit: NASA]