Monday, January 31, 2011

A big V-2 history post


The images below document a V-2 launch circa 1950. They were part of an article in the October 1950 issue of National Geographic, which was written by Clyde T. Holliday.  Mr. Holliday  was an employee of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab under contract to the Navy.  Click to see the biggest copies. (The image above documents two V-2 launches circa 2008.)

Update:  The photos below are of round No. 56, launched November 18, 1949.  Along with the pictured camera, it carried a Pirani temperature probe, air sampling bottles  (U. Mich.) and a 'grenade experiment' (Army Signal Corps.).  It reached an altitude of 77 miles. (via ROTW,  Peter Alway,   pp. 21-22.)

Update #2: This NatGeo article is referenced in a article from Air and Space Magazine: The First Photo from Space, Tony Reichhardt, November 2006.