APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

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APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by APOD Robot » Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:11 am

Image The First Rocket Launch from Cape Canaveral

Explanation: 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.

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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by ceelias » Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:26 am

Sixty years later.....People are living at that altitude,
We konw of thousands of other worlds,
We're activly searching for other civilizations,
and planning is under way for living on other worlds.

All in my lifetime --- I was 3 at the time of the Bumper launch!!

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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by RocketRon » Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:33 am

Many might say it might be better to be planning to take far more care of this world we have now !!!

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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by hville » Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:33 am

Those photographers surely were close to the launch!

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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by hoohaw » Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:24 am

My mother was born just before the Wright brothers flew, at Kitty Hawk, and she lived until men going to the moon was stale news.

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Post by richardschumacher » Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:49 pm

To be picky, space shuttles did reach higher altitudes. During one of the Hubble servicing missions it got to 334 nautical miles = 618 km:
http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/mis ... ights.html

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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by TechnoCaveMan » Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:12 pm

Well its pretty obvious OH&S was not an issue in the 50's :D

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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by captainwiggins48 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 3:46 pm

I believe Von Braun had a role in this.

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Post by Michael K » Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:06 pm

I did no know that there were rocks that big in all of Florida.

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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by ta152h0 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:10 pm

von Braun had to be in this image, right ?
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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by Chris Peterson » Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:12 pm

ta152h0 wrote:von Braun had to be in this image, right ?
These are the photographers. The scientists were smarter. They're out of the picture, in a bunker.
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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by alter-ego » Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:31 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:
ta152h0 wrote:von Braun had to be in this image, right ?
These are the photographers. The scientists were smarter. They're out of the picture, in a bunker.
In fact, the picture was likely taken from the protective(?) blockhouse (maybe by Werner von Braun himself :D) :

http://www.spaceline.org/galleries/bump ... 7.jpg.html
V2 from Blockhous - 19-Jul-1950.JPG
The view angle appears virtually identical as the APOD picture. Since the APOD foreground structure appears entrenched in a hole, maybe this was the blockhouse? It doesn't appear to have the characteristics of a blast-bunker though.
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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by ta152h0 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:36 pm

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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by ta152h0 » Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:13 am

Is the WAC Corporal the same rocket used today to study the auroras ?
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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by Guest » Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:18 am

Nice German rocket.

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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by Guest » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:08 am

I'm curious about the "V-2" used in this and other US launches. Are these rockets built in the US from German designs? Were they built (or their building overseen) by former German engineers? Or were some of them actually captured German rockets brought to the US (possibly reassembled after being transported in disassembled form)?

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Re: APOD: The First Rocket Launch from Cape... (2015 Jul 19)

Post by ta152h0 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:27 am

both. captured and copied. and so was the " Loon "
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