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Alabama Blast-Off

Bringing new meaning to the term “mile-high club,” the Rednecks enter a NASA contest with the hopes of launching a man-capable rocket 1 mile into the sky. The custom 20-foot-tall missile boasts two engines and about 3,000 pounds of thrust fueled by a mixture of ammonium perchlorate and aluminum. The goal: Once the rocket reaches 1 mile, explosive charges will shoot a parachute out—and allow the capsule, and the test dummy, to float safely back to earth.