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PHOTO 58 -- Flight C-9 : August 26, 1973

After departing the launch pad, the rocket rapidly climbed to the usual peak altitude. As it began to descend, it could be seen "turning over", then immediately the parachutes deployed. The tether connecting the two parachutes broke, resulting in the nosecone with attached pilot chute descending separately from the rocket, which descended with the main (3 foot diameter) parachute.
In this photo, the rocket and main parachute are seen.
The lightweight nosecone took much, much longer to descend, and ended up drifting some 1000 feet (300 metres) downrange.
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