NASA’s spectacular launch of the Ares I-X test rocket last week may not save the Ares I crew rocket developed at Marshall Space Flight Center, but it could pave the way for more NASA funding overall, a local space expert says.

An independent White House panel gave the president several choices for NASA – options such as landing on asteroids, flying around Martian moons or building a lunar outpost – but none would rely on the Ares I.

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