A history of efforts to reach out into space, the development of rockets and the space race between USSR and the USA. The work of the Russian mathematician Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in 1930, Dr Robert Godard, an American in 1913, and the early experiments of the German Rocket Society. Hitler and the development of the V2. The capture of German scientists by American and Russian troops and the subsequent developments leading to the launching of Satellites Sputnik I and II. Early American mistakes with the Vanguard Rocket and their final success with Explorer I some months after the Russians.
David L. Wolper
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