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Famous milestones in space

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 35: Several men work on testing a V-2 missile in the late 1940s. The rocket is upright on the stand at White Sands Proving Ground (now White Sands Missile Range), New Mexico. The V-2 missile was produced by Germany during World War II. The U.S. Army brought several captured V-2s and German scientists to the United States in 1945, and embarked upon a rocket development program. Several of the rockets and German scientists were brought to White Sands. The V-2 is the grandfather of America's family of large missiles. It had an overall length of 46 feet, a diameter of 5 feet five inches, and a fin span of 11 feet 8 inches. Its motor developed 52,000 pounds of thrust for 68 seconds, and its launching weight was 28,413 pounds, including 19,575 pounds of liquid propellant. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

June 20, 1944: First man-made object in space

The V-2 guided ballistic missile, MW 18014, was test launched at the Peenemünde Army Research Center in Nazi Germany. It went up to 109 miles (176 km) above the boundary of Earth’s atmosphere.

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