High-altitude research

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A mere 60 years ago, not a single artificial satellite was orbiting the Earth. In fact, the programmes that would eventually put them there had hardly been set in motion. In the post-war years it was known that rockets alone could provide the sustained thrust necessary to loft anything into space, but they were a relatively new and basically unsophisticated technology. In the latter part of the Second World War they had been used as weapons of destruction, and for this reason alone the military was interested in their potential use as ballistic missiles capable of carrying warheads.


Cosmic Radiation Radish Seed Rocket Launch Space Biology Black Mouse 
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