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Ares Test Rocket Dented During Splashdown

29 Oct 2009, 22:54 UTC
Ares Test Rocket Dented During Splashdown
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NASA doesn't yet know why its Ares 1-X test rocket was dented upon splashdown in the Atlantic following a what appeared to be a flawless two-minute demonstration flight no Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When divers arrived to retrieve the booster, they found a significant dent at the bottom of the booster. No word yet on whether all three of the newly designed parachutes worked as planned -- NASA lost television coverage after the first chute opened. The booster was picked up by a NASA ship and will arrive back at Port Canaveral later Thursday. Let the analysis begin ... Credit: Spaceflightnow.com

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