• History,  Nationalism

    Germany, 1st in Space

    Germany was the first country in space, not the United States, not Russia: Germany. Its Aggregat 4 (V2) rocket had a first successful test flight on October 3, 1942, reaching an altitude of 84.5 kilometres (52.5 miles). On that day Walter Dornberger, head of the German Army rocket research centre, declared in a speech at Peenemünde: This third day of October, 1942, is the first of a new era in transportation, that of space travel. He was prescient about both space and travel. Further models of the A4 reached an altitude of 108.5 miles, well past the Kármán line of 100 kilometres where space is said to begin. (If it…