August 14, 2022

This day in space! July 24, 1950: Launch of the first rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida

On July 24, 1950, the first rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida was launched. Bumper 2 is an experimental two-stage rocket that can fly 400 kilometers (250 miles) above the ground. The
rocket consists of a V2 missile base equipped with a WAC Corporal probe rocket on top and is launched under the direction of General Electric. The purpose of this mission is to test new rocket technology and collect data on Earth’s upper atmosphere. The
Bumper 8 took off from the remote proving ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 24, 1950. The complete story. The
Bumper 8 took off on July 24, 1950 from the remote proving ground in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The complete story. (Image source: NASA)
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Hanneke Weitering is a editor with 10 years of experience in science journalism. Previously, he has written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today, and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in his hometown of Knoxville, he received a graduate degree in Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a writer and producer covering topics such as space flight and astronomy. He currently lives with his cat and two snakes in Seattle, where the Space Needle is located. In his spare time, Hanneke likes to explore the Rocky Mountains, enjoy nature, and look for the dark sky to gaze at the universe.

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