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Centaur G-Prime Upper Stage

Centaur G-Prime Upper Stage on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center. Developed from the Centaur upper stage, the G-Prime version was to be used with the American Space Shuttle. The Centaur G-Prime program was cancelled after the Challenger disaster in 1986. (Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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Agena-A Upper Stage

Agena-B Upper Stage on display at the Air Force Space and Missile Museum. (Photos: Richard Kruse, 2009)

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Agena-B Upper Stage

Agena-B Upper Stage on display at the Air Force Space and Missile Museum. (Photos: Richard Kruse, 2009)

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Agena-B Upper Stage

Agena-B Upper Stage on display at the Udvar Hazy Center. Agena-B was used as an upper stage for a variety of programs, including Ranger, Mariner and Corona missions. (Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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Agena Engine

Bell Model 8048 Rocket Engine on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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IUS Solid Rocket Motor

Photos of a Solid Rocket Motor on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

This rocket is part of an Inertial Upper Stage (IUS). (Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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B-3 Solid Rocket Motor

Hercules B-3 Solid Rocket Motor on display at the Udvar Hazy center.

The B-3 was developed as a retrorocket for Ranger lunar probes. The B-3 was also used as an upper stage for Athena sounding rockets.

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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X-259 Solid Rocket Motor

X-259 Solid Rocket Motor on display at the Udvar Hazy center

The X-259 propelled the third stage of the Scout launch vehicle.

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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TE-M-364 Solid Rocket Motor

Thiokol TE-M-364 Solid Rocket Motor on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force

(These images were taken by Richard Kruse in 2007)

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