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Issue: "All-American adoption story," Nov. 21, 2009

Flying high

In what NASA billed as the first step in returning astronauts to the moon, the agency on Oct. 28 successfully launched the Ares I-X rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The $445 million sub-orbital flight went 25 miles high and lasted two minutes before the rocket's booster headed for the Atlantic Ocean with its hundreds of sensors full of data for NASA to analyze. The only complication for the unmanned flight was bad weather, with more than 150 lightning strikes near the launch pad the night before causing a delay. But the first step in returning to the moon may also be the last step. The Obama administration is reportedly considering scrapping manned missions and sending NASA in a different direction.

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