Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bumper 60th Anniversary

Bumper 8 launched at 9:28 AM Eastern Time on July 24, 1950. Click here to see more photos on

Florida Today reports that sixty years ago today a captured German V-2 missile designated Bumper 8 launched from Cape Canaveral, becoming the first official launch from the Space Coast.

Bumper 8 launched from Pad 3 at the Joint Long Range Proving Ground, now known as the Air Force Eastern Range.

Since then, more than 3,400 missiles, rockets and spaceships have launched from the range, which provides tracking and public safety services for all launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center.

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