NASA Invites Media to View Historic Ares I-X Move to Launch Pad

Reporters are invited to cover the historic Ares I-X rocket move to Launch Pad 39B on Oct. 19 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The first flight test of NASA's Constellation Program, Ares I-X is targeted to launch on Oct. 27.

First motion for Ares I-X out of Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad is targeted for 12:01 a.m. EDT on Oct. 19. The 4.2-mile journey is expected to take approximately seven hours. Activities include a first motion photo and interview opportunities with Ares I-X managers. In addition, a sunrise photo opportunity will be available at 7 a.m.

Live coverage with commentary on NASA Television will start at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 18 and again at 7 a.m. Oct. 19. Video highlights of the move will air on NASA TV's Video File.

Reporters must arrive at Kennedy's news center by 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18 for transportation to the viewing area. For the sunrise event, reporters must arrive by 6:30 a.m. Oct. 19.

International media accreditation for these events is closed. U.S. reporters without permanent Kennedy credentials must apply for accreditation online by 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at:

Badges will be available for pick up at the badging facility on State Road 3 on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 8 to 10 p.m.

Updates with times for all events will be available by calling 321-867-2525.

All participants must be properly dressed in full-length pants, flat shoes that entirely cover the feet, and shirts with sleeves.

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