Oct. 3, 1942–72 years ago–an A-4 test rocket was launched from Peenemuende Army Research Center. The fourth A-4 to be tested, it was the first to successfully fly. It was also the first rocket to reach the edges of outer space (it flew about 85-90 kilometers above the Earth). If you’ve never heard of the A-4, […]
Read More A Landmark Anniversary for Space?
In the last post, I posed the question about whether the US government succeeded in making moral and balanced decisions when a government program, “Operation Paperclip,” was used to shepherd NAZIs into the US. Before you answer that question, here is some more information to consider. Flexible Ethics, Questionable Judgement A very good book, “Operation […]
Read More From German Tunnels to Space, Part 7–Living in America
In beginning of part 4 of this series, I mentioned the “magical gem,” with the gem obviously representing the benefits we enjoy resulting from space technologies. The scientists and engineers of the United States have done great and historic accomplishments, including landing on the moon. The magical gem of space technology has proven very fruitful. […]
Read More From German Tunnels to Space, Part 6–The Corruption of Clippy