Jayman
4 years ago1,000+ Views
First Launch At Cape Canaveral
A new chapter in space flight began on 1950 July with the launch of the first rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida: the Bumper V-2. Shown above, the Bumper V-2 was an ambitious two-stage rocket program that topped a V-2 missile base with a WAC Corporal rocket. The upper stage was able to reach then-record altitudes of almost 400 kilometers, higher than even modern Space Shuttles fly today. Launched under the direction of the General Electric Company, the Bumper V-2 was used primarily for testing rocket systems and for research on the upper atmosphere. Bumper V-2 rockets carried small payloads that allowed them to measure attributes including air temperature and cosmic ray impacts. Seven years later, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I and Sputnik II, the first satellites into Earth orbit. In response in 1958, 50 years ago today, the US created NASA.
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its crazy that from the first airplane flight (wright brothers) until the first man landed on the moon (neil armstrong) only took 66 years
4 years ago·Reply
No kidding, the rate at which technology accelerated is pretty mind-boggling. Awesome picture!
4 years ago·Reply
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