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Ares 1 separated into parts

In the future, Ares I will take Orion and its crew to the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

      one of two or more sections of a rocket, each section having its own fuel and engine

The solid rocket boosters are part of the first stage of the space shuttle vehicle.

A rocket gets lighter by dropping each stage once it runs out of fuel.

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