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Friday, March 4, 2011

How NASA recovers the rocket boosters from the Shuttle

I have always wondered what happened to those rocket boosters that are expelled by the Space Shuttle (RIP) during takeoff. Here's a series or photos from NASA shwoing ust how they recover them from the ocean.

From NASA "The shuttle’s two solid rocket booster casings and associated flight hardware are recovered in the Atlantic Ocean after every launch by Liberty Star and Freedom Star. The boosters impact the Atlantic about seven minutes after liftoff and the retrieval ships are stationed about 10 miles from the impact area at the time of splashdown."

 Credit: Frank Michaux, Ben Smegelsky/NASA


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