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How the Atlas Rocket became the workhorse of NASA

In the ’60s, NASA sent a man to space by basically strapping him to a modified missile. This behemoth was as tall as a 13-story building and could easily take its payload into the murky darkness of space. But now, 60 years later, we are still using a version of this rocket to bring people and payloads to space. What makes it so reliable, and how was it designed?

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