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National Geographic Museum's exhibition "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor" opened this month in Washington, D.C.

The ancient sculptures are to be on display from Nov. 19 through March 31.

Washington is the show's final stop on a four-city U.S. tour.

"The exhibition offers an in-depth look at China's First Emperor's enormous tomb complex, considered one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century," the National Geographic Museum said in a news release. "The tomb contained thousands of terra cotta warriors intended to protect the emperor in the afterlife. The exhibition showcases 100 sets of objects, including 15 terra cotta figures representing soldiers, archers, servants, musicians and animals. This is the greatest number of warriors ever to travel to the United States for a single exhibition."

More than 70,000 advance tickets have been sold for the museum's first-ever ticketed exhibition, the institution said.

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"Oasis of the Seas" is currently the largest and most innovative vessel to serve the cruise and travel industry. At 1,187 feet, or nearly four football fields long, "Oasis" is the longest cruise ship to serve the Caribbean. Royal Caribbean International is planning her inaugural cruise to take place on Dec 5.

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For the first time in more than a quarter century, a new rocket, the Ares 1-X, has been placed on a Kennedy Space Center launch pad in Florida.

NASA said its Ares I-X flight test rocket arrived at the pad atop a giant crawler-transporter at approximately 7:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday. The crawler-transporter left Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at 1:39 a.m., traveling less than 1 mph during the 4.2-mile journey. The rocket was secured on the launch pad at 9:17 a.m.

The rocket is to be launched next Tuesday at 8 a.m. on its first test flight. The Ares I is being designed to carry astronauts into space in the Orion crew exploration vehicle.

During the next week, technicians will perform a variety of electrical and mechanical checks to ready the vehicle for flight. During the test flight, data will be collected from more than 700 sensors throughout the rocket.

"With the arrival of Ares I-X at the pad, this milestone demonstrates NASA's world-class ability to conceptually design, build and process a new launch vehicle in just under four years," said Bob Ess, mission manager for Ares I-X.

Ares I-X is an uncrewed, sub-orbital development test vehicle in a modified Ares I configuration. Ares I-X is the first developmental flight test of the Constellation Program, which includes the Ares I and V rockets, Orion and the Altair lunar lander.

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