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First to Enter Space
in 1949, the Bumper-WAC became the first human-made object to enter space


In 1949, the "Bumper-WAC" became the first human-made object to enter space as it climbed to an altitude of 393 kilometers (244 miles). The rocket consisted of a JPL WAC Corporal missile sitting atop a German-made V-2 rocket. The V-2 was developed by Wernher von Braun's team of German researchers, who surrendered to the United States at the end of World War II.

Image courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech

JPL photo number P-6759


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