1950 and the very first space rocket takes offDecember 26, 2007 3:51 pm Rockets, Space Craft, Space Exploration
Where space exploration and our imagination took off!
July 1950 with the launch of a space rocket at Cape Canaveral by NASA. Almost 60 years later we have so much to show for that first big step… all the cool pictures for one.
Mars rovers, International space stations, Space shuttles… WOW, I can’t even imagine what 60 more years or so will bring. Well, yes I can.
A new chapter in space flight began in July 1950 with the launch of the first rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla: the Bumper 2, an ambitious two-stage rocket program that topped a V-2 missile base with a Corporal rocket. The upper stage was able to reach then-record altitudes of almost 250 miles, higher than the International Space Station’s orbit.
Launched under the direction of the General Electric Company, Bumper 2 was used primarily for testing rocket systems and for research on the upper atmosphere. The 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.