First Rocket in Space: 60 years ago today

Bumper Wac at Takeoff

A similar Bumper WAC at Takeoff at Cape Canaveral

60 years ago today(February 24th, 1949)  at the White Sands missile range a Bumper WAC rose from the ground upon a thunderous flame and became the first rocket to cross the Karman line ( 62 miles up) and enter the realm we know as outer space. The rocket reached an incredible apogee of 244 miles. The rocket carried experiments that tested upper air tempratures and provided data on ion-densities in the F-region of the ionosphere. The Bumper WAC( a V2 with a WAC Corporal attached) was fully fueled and followed a V2 mission a week earlier that reached an apogee of 60 miles. 67 V2’s were launched from White Sands.

Actual launch photo from NASA archives

Actual launch photo from NASA archives

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3 Responses to First Rocket in Space: 60 years ago today

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  3. R2K says:

    Just to be clear, this is actually an urban legend. Rockets hit space long before this flight, including many of the V2 rockets before this bumper project.

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