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10 Facts About Ares V
Ares V was planned to carry supplies for a human presence on Mars.
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Ares V was to launch the Earth Departure Stage and Altair lunar lander for NASA's return to the Moon, which was planned for 2019.
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Ares V was to be the cargo launch component of the Constellation program.
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NASA's Ames Research Center was responsible for the Ares V integrated health management system supports in developing its payload shroud.
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Ares V was intended as a heavy launch vehicle to send large hardware and materials to the Moon, or to send supplies beyond Earth orbit to sustain human presence there.
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The Ares V was designed to be a three-stage rocket: the first and second stages, which burn together, were to use both solid and liquid propulsion with the upper stage providing the necessary propulsion to send the hardware and staples beyond low Earth orbit and onto a trajectory to the Moon.
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Ares V underwent a preliminary design review after the results of the 2009 Augustine Commission.
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Ares V Lite was a scaled down Ares V It would have used five RS-68 engines and two five-segment SRBs and have had a low Earth orbit payload of approximately 140 metric tons .
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