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Rocket to the Red Planet

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With 28 engines firing together in a coordinated, cacophonous symphony of rocket fuel, the lifts off with 5 million pounds of force—more than any ship since the retired ’70s-era —and twice the payload weight of any other modern spacecraft. Those thrusters equate to three space-cargo-hauling rockets and will tote tens of thousands of pounds of satellites, a solar sailing spacecraft, and eventually two lunar tourists.

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