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Chronology of Key Space Anniversaries for 2015


1945—70 Years Ago 4 July—The NACA’s Pilotless Aircraft Research Division (PARD) launched from Wallops Island, Maryland, its first test vehicle, a small two-stage, solid-fuel rocket to check out the installation’s instrumentation. The group soon began serious work to learn about … Continue reading

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Why Explore Space? A 1970 Letter to a Nun in Africa


Ernst Stuhlinger wrote this letter on May 6, 1970, to Sister Mary Jucunda, a nun who worked among the starving children of Kabwe, Zambia, in Africa, who questioned the value of space exploration. At the time Dr. Stuhlinger was Associate … Continue reading

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Wernher von Braun, Jupiter Missiles, and the Cuban Missile Crisis


Proponents of spaceflight have long celebrated the efforts of Wernher von Braun and his German rocket team that built the V-2 ballistic missile for the Nazis during World War II and then came to the United States thereafter to continue … Continue reading

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