V-2: The World's First Ballistic Missile

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November 29, 2017 | 12:30pm
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In this week's Ask an Expert Live, space history curator Michael Neufeld will discuss the 75th anniversary of the first successful test of the V-2 ballistic missile in October 1942. 

First used against London, Antwerp, and other Allied cities two years later, the V-2 was a technical breakthrough in large-scale rocketry, but proved to be a poor military weapon. It was also assembled using SS concentration camp labor under terrible conditions, killing more people in the production process than in the target areas. After the war, it jump-started the Cold War’s nuclear missile and space races. 

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