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October 23, 1957 - Vanguard's TV-2 Launched From Cape Canaveral

On October 23, 1957, the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Vanguard program successfully tested a three-stage rocket designed to send an American Earth satellite into orbit.  302 more words

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Forgotten History; the 578th and the 12 nukes of the Big Country.

(This is a rare non-satirical article)

I’ve always had a dark fascination with end of the world scenarios. From poorly produced civil defense bulletins to widescale evacuation drills to the laughably poor science of some of our own government literature, especially after they knew about fallout and gamma radiation. 757 more words

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October 12, 1957 - General George Kenney on the Mike Wallace Interview Show

On October 12, 1957, Mike Wallace opened his Interview television broadcast with the following dramatic words:

“Tonight we had planned to interview one of the great fighters of our time, Sugar Ray Robinson.  641 more words

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October 11, 1957 - Sputnik-Spotting With MIT's IBM 704

On October 11, 1957, the enormous IBM 704 computer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computation Center produced the first “satisfactory orbit” calculations for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Sputnik 1-spotting mission.  256 more words

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China Conducts Flight Test of New Mobile ICBM

DF-31B is Beijing’s sixth road-mobile nuclear strike system

China’s military has conducted the first flight test of a new variant of one of its road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles in a sign that Beijing is increasing its strategic strike capability against the United States. 825 more words

Retrotechtacular: The First Atlas Launch

As the Cold War conflict expanded in the 1950s, the Soviet Union dry-tested a hydrogen bomb and defense tactics became a top priority for the United States. 372 more words

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Russia successfully tests nuclear missile, more planned - navy chief says

Russian intercontinental ballistic missile Topol-M rolls across Red Square during the Victory Day Parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 9, 2014. 213 more words