70th anniversary of the launch of america’s first succesful high altitude rocket

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historian Fraser MacDonald celebrated Sunday the 7o anniversary of the launch of the rocket designed by  the team that Frank Malina led

http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2015/oct/14/frank-malina-and-an-overlooked-space-age-milestone 

Frank Malina and an overlooked Space Age milestone

70 years ago, America’s first successful liquid-fuelled rocket was launched. But politics prevented its designer, Frank Malina, becoming a hero of the space race

Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of America’s first successful liquid-fuelled rocket, Malina’s “WAC Corporal”. It’s a milestone in spaceflight but it passed with little fanfare even among space historians. On 11 October 1945 the WAC Corporal blasted from the New Mexico desert floor on a journey that lasted a mere 450 seconds; when it topped out at 240,000 feet, it became the highest and fastest object ever made in the United States.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2015/oct/14/frank-malina-and-an-overlooked-space-age-milestone

http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2015/oct/14/frank-malina-and-an-overlooked-space-age-milestone

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/jplhistory/videos/wac_corporal.php

http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2015/oct/14/frank-malina-and-an-overlooked-space-age-milestone

http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2015/oct/14/frank-malina-and-an-overlooked-space-age-milestone

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/jplhistory/videos/wac_corporal.php