CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Reporters are invited to view new hardware that will be used in the launch of the Ares I-X rocket, which will be the first flight test to develop the Ares I rocket. Ares I is part of NASA’s next generation spacecraft and launch vehicle system. NASA will provide a media opportunity at 10 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Reporters will be able to document the full-scale simulator crew module and launch abort system as they are unloaded from a C-5 cargo aircraft at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility. Journalists should arrive at Kennedy’s news center by 9 a.m. for transportation to the facility. Journalists without permanent Kennedy credentials should submit their request online by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at:

The Ares I-X is targeted to launch in the summer of 2009. The flight will provide NASA an early opportunity to test and prove hardware, facilities and ground operations associated with the Ares I launch vehicle. The flight test also will bring NASA a step closer to its exploration goals of sending humans to the moon and destinations beyond.

All participants attending the event must be dressed in full-length pants, flat shoes that cover the feet entirely and shirts with sleeves. Video b-roll of the hardware arrival will be available on NASA Television’s Video File. For NASA TV streaming video, schedules, and downlink information, visit:

For more information about Ares I-X and NASA’s next-generation rockets, visit: