Getting There the Second Time Around
When the first Ares V thundered into the Florida skies in 2018, the booster trailed not only a column of incandescent smoke but also a rich heritage spanning half a century. From the simple scouts to the complex shuttles, from the diminutive Redstones to the mighty Saturn Vs, Ares topped a vast family tree whose roots stretched back to ancient Chinese fire arrows a millennium before. Thousands of engineers and technicians labored to transform blueprints into boosters. And after years of development, static firings, wind tunnel tests, and computer simulations, it was finally time to set sail on the translunar sea.
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