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Today's APOD: Bumper V2
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Today's NASA Astronomy Picture Of the Day is the Bumper V2, one that I had not heard of before:

A new chapter in space flight began this week in 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 Space Shuttles once flew. 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, the US created NASA.
[Image: bumper2_nasa_1500.jpg]
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150719.html

Could be a scale version in my future Wink
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(07-19-2015, 02:19 AM)Viking Wrote: Today's NASA Astonomy Picture Of the Day is the Bumper V2, one that I had not heard of before:

A new chapter in space flight began this week in 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 Space Shuttles once flew. 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, the US created NASA.
[Image: bumper2_nasa_1500.jpg]
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150719.html

Could be a scale version in my future Wink

Nice picture. With Pluto in the news it it cool to see some early stuff.
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