The first picture from Space- to boldly go where we already are.

On Oct. 24, 1946, the first extraterrestrial view of Earth was shot from 65 miles away aboard a Nazi-built V-2 rocket launched by American scientists, according to Smithsonian magazine. Thanks to a Devry 35-millimeter movie camera, Earthlings saw their planet for the first time as a grainy, black-and-white mass that looked more like paint under a microscopeContinue reading “The first picture from Space- to boldly go where we already are.”

V2: weapon of mass destruction and first space flight.

On this day 75 years ago the  first V-2 missile was fired successfully from Peenemunde, heralding the start of space travel. German scientists, led by von Braun, had been working on the development of these long-range missiles since the 1930s. Three trial launches had already failed; the fourth in the series, known as A-4, finallyContinue reading “V2: weapon of mass destruction and first space flight.”

Operation Paperclips-Evil deeds rewarded.

Operation Paperclip (also Project Paperclip) was the code name for the O.S.S.–U.S. Military rescue of scientists from Nazi Germany, during the terminus and aftermath of World War II. In 1945, the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency was established with direct responsibility for effecting Operation Paperclip. The primary purpose for Operation Paperclip was for the U.S. toContinue reading “Operation Paperclips-Evil deeds rewarded.”

Cine Rex V2 attack

  It is amazing how big event can sometimes overshadow smaller but nonetheless awful events. A friend of mine had mentioned the event of Cine Rex to me. On the 16th of December the German launched one last offensive campaign in the Ardennes which is widely know as the battle of the Bulge. On Dec.Continue reading “Cine Rex V2 attack”

The V2 attack on Woolworths

On Saturday 25th November 1944 at 12.26 pm [only 2 weeks since the first V2 rocket hit London] at a busy shopping parade in New Cross a V2 rocket hit without warning destroying most of the parade [including the Woolworths and Co Op stores, now Iceland and New Cross Library] in the massive explosion 168 peopleContinue reading “The V2 attack on Woolworths”

Test Stand VII-V2 launch: October 3rd 1942

Today marks the 74th anniversary of the first successful launch of a V-2 /A4-rocket from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany.Making it the 1st official man made object to reach space, making space exploration a fact. However the Nazi’s weren’t really interested in space exploration for the betterment of humankind.   Test Stand VII(P-7) was theContinue reading “Test Stand VII-V2 launch: October 3rd 1942”