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[b]First stage dented during impact[/b]
Photos taken during the ocean recovery operations for the Ares I-X first stage reveal that one of the solid rocket booster's lower segments was damaged, apparently upon splashdown.
Not yet clear is whether the sizable dent was the result of the angle at which the test flight's booster hit the water or, as some internal reports suggest, one or more of Ares I-X's three recovery parachutes did not deploy as designed.
The first stage secured, it is now being towed back to the shore and is expected to arrive at Port Canaveral Thursday evening.
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