November 30, 2022

On This Day In Space: Oct. 3, 1942: 1st successful test launch of the German A4 rocket (AKA the V-2)

V2 rocket: Origin, history and spaceflight legacy
V2 rocket: Origin, history and spaceflight legacyV2 rocket: Origin, history and spaceflight legacy

On Oct. 3, 1942, Germany did the first-ever successful test launch of a ballistic missile

This missile was officially named Aggregat 4 (A4) but more commonly known as the V2 rocket.

The launch of a German V-2 rocket.

The launch of a German V-2 rocket. (Image credit: German Federal Archives/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany)

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The V2 was designed by the famous German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, and it proved to be a super deadly weapon during World War II. 

It launched from an island off the Baltic coast of Germany called Peenemünde and reached an altitude of 52.5 miles (84.5 kilometers) before safely landing right on target 118 miles (190 km) away.

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