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The solid rocket boosters are jettisoned as their fuel runs out. Their fall is slowed by parachutes and they are later recovered and returned to the Kennedy Space Center for refurbishing and reuse on later missions.

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Q: What drops off and are parachuted into the ocean after the space shuttle takes off?
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