SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Ares Dent, Moon Geyser, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Ares Dent, Moon Geyser, More
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October 28, 2009--Divers sent to recover the first stage of NASA's Ares I-X rocket, which splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after a six-minute test flight, found a large dent in the prototype spacecraft. (Related: "NASA's Ares I-X Rocket Delayed by Stray Boat, Weather.")

NASA officials later reported that the damage was likely caused by a hard landing in the ocean: Two parachutes had failed to deploy, and the rocket didn't slow down as much as was expected.
—Photograph courtesy United Space Alliance
 
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