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Germany’s First Successful V-2 Rocket Test

Photo: Fox Photos (Getty Images)On October 3, 1942, Germany launched a V-2 missile off of Peenemunde, which lies off the country’s Baltic coast. After traveling 118 miles, it was deemed a success — and quickly changed the scope of war as…

Russian N-1 Rocket Launch Fails Again

Photo: Reg Speller/Fox Photos (Getty Images)On July 3, 1969, the Soviet Zond L1S-2 was getting ready to head into space when disaster struck. For a few moments, the craft lifted into the night sky. Then, it exploded.(Welcome to Today in…