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Homemade rocket launched in Denmark, part of human spaceflight plans

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Danish amateur rocket, Heat-1X Tycho Brahe, a MSC (micro spacecraft), takes off from its launch pad in the Baltic Sea on June 3, 2011. The original plan for the Danish amateur rocket builders was to send the rocket about 10 miles up in the air, but the craft reached only 1.7 miles and flew a total of 5.3 miles. The spacecraft was carrying a human sized doll, and is part of a larger plan to send a human into space.

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A vessel recovers the homemade 30-foot rocket after its flight over the Baltic Sea on June 3. Peter Madsen and Kristian von Bengtson used a barge near the Danish island of Bornholm as a launch pad for their 1.6 ton rocket.

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