What were the most powerful chemical rockets ever constructed?

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The most powerful solid-fuel rockets ever built for space travel were the solid rocket boosters on the space shuttle. Each booster could generate nearly three million pounds of thrust. When coupled with the space shuttle orbiter’s three rocket engines, each capable of generating about half a million pounds of thrust, the total space shuttle launch system generated a maximum thrust of about seven million pounds—almost as much as the Saturn V.


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