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What is the difference between rocket and missile?


A rocket is a vehicle that uses a rocket engine to propel itself at high speeds. Missiles are typically rockets that are guided and contain explosives of some kind. In the early days of the US space program, engineers used repurposed military missiles to carry space capsules containing astronauts. The entire Gemini program used Titan 2 ICBM’s as their main rocket.

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