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 Oct 08, 2007 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* NASACoaster coming

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Oh, I so hope they let people ride it when there's not a rocket on the pad... NASA's building one heck of a roller coaster as an escape hatch from the new Ares 1 space-shuttle replacement.

Take a good look at the image that goes along with this story. See the bright yellow rails over on the right hand side of the image, dropping straight down from the gray platform. That's the escape system. You'll note it goes straight down.

The purpose of the Orion Emergency Egress System is to get astronauts and support personnel away from the Ares 1 vehicle, and into a safety bunker within 4 minutes.
It may be the first escape hatch where people shout "WHEEEEE" when leaving.

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