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A 64-foot, 22-inch diameter Black Brant XI sounding rocket launched the IRVE 3, or Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment, encased in a nose cone, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The rocket with the inflatable on board shot 288 miles,up and IRVE-3 and its payload were ejected into the atmosphere. The technology demonstrator inflated and fell back to Earth -- cameras and temperature and pressure sensors monitoring its performance all the way down. After a total of 20 minutes -- from launch to splash down -- it landed in the Atlantic about 100 miles East of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. NASA X captured the initial story of this incredible journey from start to finish.

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