Why is Moving Ares 1-X "Historic"?

NASA Invites Media to View Historic Ares 1-X Move

"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."

Keith's note: Why is this "historic"? This is not the first time that a large rocket has been moved on the crawler transporter - Saturn rockets were much bigger - and Ares 1-X is mostly built out of dummy parts or systems borrowed from other rockets. So ... why is this "historic"? Or is this "historic" because it is the first time NASA has built only one copy of an expensive rocket with lingering doubts that no more will ever be built?

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