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Crew members from Freedom Star are pulling the parachute from the left spent booster out of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Crew members from Freedom Star, one of NASA's solid rocket booster retrieval ships, are pulling the parachute from the left spent booster out of the Atlantic Ocean.

The shuttle’s two solid rocket booster casings and associated flight hardware are recovered in the Atlantic Ocean after every launch by Liberty Star and Freedom Star. The boosters impact the Atlantic about seven minutes after liftoff and the retrieval ships are stationed about 10 miles from the impact area at the time of splashdown. After the spent segments are processed, they will be transported to Utah, where they will be refurbished and stored, if needed. Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

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  • Title: Crew members from Freedom Star are pulling the parachute from the left spent booster out of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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