Ares 1-X

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The Ares 1-X rocket had no fins, and was wide at the top, yet instead of pin wheeling toward the spectators it flew like a spear on Oct. 28, 2009 up and over the Atlantic Ocean. After two minutes, its solid rocket fuel ran out and its mock second stage detached from the first stage. The parachutes came out, with one of them not opening, and the two halves of the 327-foot-tall rocket splashed down. The first stage floated and was towed back to NASA's space center by the recovery ship. The rocket design was being tested for a possible manned mission to the moon. [1]


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