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On @ The 90: Our Vanguard Moment

Photo Credit: NASA

The Space Race, one of many fronts of the Cold War, began in earnest on July 29, 1955, when President Eisenhower publicly announced Project Vanguard, the first genuine effort to launch a man-made vehicle into orbit as an instrumented scientific experiment for the International Geophysical Year. Bypassing Werner Von Braun’s more [...]

Top Ten Heavyweights? An Unlikely Band of Brothers

The Unha-3 rocket stands ready for one of its early launches. Like several other members of the ‘Space Club’, vehicles which lofted satellites were often devised with the intention of wreaking death and destruction. Photo Credit: Voice of America

It is easy to view North Korea’s launch, last week, of its Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2 [...]

China, Russia Express Concern Over North Korea’s Launch Plans

The 105-foot-tall Unha-3 rocket stands ready at the Sohae launch site on the north-west coast of North Korea, ahead of its unsuccessful April 2012 flight. Last weekend’s announcement of another imminent attempt is suggestive that engineers may have resolved whatever problems arose with the vehicle. Photo Credit: Voice of America

In what has been [...]