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Ares IV rocket, cut-away illustration. Ares IV was a proposed lunar crew launch vehicle for NASA's Constellation program, which was cancelled in 2010. It consisted of the solid-fuel first-stage booster rockets and the liquid-fueled core stage from the Ares V Cargo Launch Vehicle with the upper stages of the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle. The upper stage was to house the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. The rocket is topped by the Launch Abort System tower.
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