Ballistic missile

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A ballistic missile is a type of missile. It is only barely powered when it is launched. Most of its flight is not powered. Short-range ballistic missiles stay in the Earth's atmosphere. Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are launched into space but fall back down to Earth.[1]

Ballistic missiles are different from cruise missiles, which have a powered flight, move only in the atmosphere, and move aerodynamically.

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  1. Wragg, David W. (1973). A Dictionary of Aviation (first ed.). Osprey. p. 53. ISBN 9780850451634.
  • Needham, Joseph (1986). Science and Civilization in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 7, Military Technology; the Gunpowder Epic. Taipei: Caves Books.

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