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  •  True but... (2+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, antooo

    The Soviet lunar booster- the N1 had a center core of six engines, and then about 30 (THIRTY!) in an outer ring.

    If anyone of those engines was off in their thrust or alignment, the rocket would fail...and that's pretty much what happened.

    SpaceX is dealing with nine engines- and light years more in computing power to keep things nice and stable.

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