London, United Kingdom
V-2 Rocket Display, Peenemunde, Germany
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V-2 (A-4) rocket on display at Peenemunde Museum, Germany's. Peenemunde, on the Baltic coast, is where this rocket was designed and built during World War II. The rocket was 14 metres in length, carried nearly a tonne of explosive, and could reach a height of 80 kilometres. It was the world's first ballistic missile, and the first to achieve sub-orbital flight. The first successful flight was on 3 October 1942. From September 1944 to March 1945, over 3000 V-2 rockets were launched by Nazi Germany during the war. The work on the V-2 rocket laid the foundations for later work on space flight. This museum is part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.
March 6th, 2014
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