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    I also wonder how those ICBM missiles are doing in there silos. Are the technology to get them airborn and away any safer than that which blew up the space shuttle?

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    by high5 on Sat Jul 23, 2005 at 06:05:07 AM PDT

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    •  A good point (none)
      They are, I think, powered by solid fuel rockets (IIRC some got the name 'minuteman' because they didn't have to be fuelled before flight, so could be launched in 'just a minute'), like the booster whose faulty o rings caused the Challenger to explode.
      In reality though, they are probably overhauled with expensive regularity; maintaining a rather pointless overkill deterrent is a bottomless well into which dollars must endlessly be poured.

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      by jeno mules on Sat Jul 23, 2005 at 08:11:59 AM PDT

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