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Sep 11, 2009 9:53 AM by NBC

Fiery test of moon rocket hailed as success

A million pounds of propellant was ignited in the Utah desert Thursday, as NASA tested a new moon rocket.

A massive cloud of smoke and dust rose as the rocket blasted flames for more than two minutes.

The rocket itself was fastened horizontally to the ground on a testing pad.

The Ares I rocket is part of the new technology intended to return American astronauts to the moon by 2020.

The rocket is designed to eventually boost a 321-foot long vehicle, and its crew, about 36 miles into space in about 120 seconds.

But a White House panel says there may not be enough funding for the Ares I rocket.



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