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 previous post, slave prison laborers were working underground in a mountain, building rockets for the NAZIs. The slaves were very literally worked to death, producing hundreds of V2 rockets a month. Ruthless People, Brutal Numbers Between April 1944 and March 1945, the slaves produced about 4,575 V2 rockets . The conditions they worked […]Read More From German Tunnels to Space, Part 5–Liberation
A Scenario of Questions What do you do when you have something absolutely wonderful in your hands? Perhaps a magical gem that provides a portal to different parts of the universe? The gem would also be the key to not just your future prosperity, but the future prosperity of your future generations. You would use it, right? […]Read More From German Tunnels to Space, Part 4–Attaining Heaven from Hell
In the first post to this series, I established my impressions of the German countryside and the Germans themselves: pretty, green country full of great, hospitable people (some are still friends). My family lived at the edge of the Ardennes in an area of hills and forests full of bunkers, pillboxes, etc. All of these […]Read More From German Tunnels to Space, Part 2–Peenemuende