ATK plans second rocket test in Utah

PROMONTORY, Utah (AP) – A private company will try again to test fire the main part of NASA’s powerful new moon rocket.Alliant Techsystems Inc. officials say they’ve identified the problem that forced them to call off a test last month with just 20 seconds until firing. The culprit was a component in the ground control unit that helps move nozzle controls, which steer a rocket in flight.The part was replaced. A new test on the ground is set for Thursday afternoon in northern Utah.The Ares I rocket is the centerpiece of the plan started by former President George W. Bush to return astronauts to the moon by 2020. But a panel of experts appointed by the White House said Tuesday there’s not enough money for the plan and if NASA still wants to go to the moon, it recommended abandoning the Ares I.

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