On This Day In Space: July 24, 1950: First rocket launch From Cape Canaveral, Florida (Image Credit: Space.com)
On July 24, 1950, the very first rocket to ever launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida blasted off into space.
The Bumper 2 was an experimental, two-stage rocket that could fly as high as 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth.
The rocket consisted of a V-2 missile base topped with a WAC Corporal sounding rocket, and it launched under the direction of the General Electric Company. The mission’s purpose was to test new rocket technologies and collect data about Earth’s upper atmosphere.
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