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Rocket damaged by fall into ocean

October 30, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The booster rocket used in a test flight was badly dented when it fell into the Atlantic because of a deflated parachute, NASA said.

The new Ares I-X -- the precursor to NASA's planned moon rockets -- completed a two-minute flight from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday. The launch itself went well, officials said, but one of the three parachutes on the booster deflated for unknown reasons, NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said. That caused the booster to hit the ocean with extra force.

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