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Old October 11th, 2019 #1
Ray Allan
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Default British V-2 - How the UK Almost Won the Space Race


Technically, it was Germany that won the space race. On October 3, 1942, in one of its first test launches from Peenemuende, an A-4 (V-2) rocket went up to 50 miles in altitude, which is the edge of space. Had the Germans won WW2, they would have sent the first man into space.
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It's completely arbitrary, but someone who I guess had the authority decided that space starts at 100,000 meters, about 62 miles. This is fairly recent and I think it was so they could officially designate someone as an astronaut.

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British V-2 - How the UK Almost Won the Space Race
In this early 1960's sci-fi movie, the British did make it to the Moon first, and left their flag for later expeditions to find:



*And in one sense the British did make it the Moon first, since it was an Anglo-Saxon country that finally achieved that goal. (with the help of some Nazi technology, of course)
 
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It's completely arbitrary, but someone who I guess had the authority decided that space starts at 100,000 meters, about 62 miles. This is fairly recent and I think it was so they could officially designate someone as an astronaut.

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One hundred kilometers, or 62 miles, known as the Kármán line, it the altitude at which an aircraft's stall speed is greater than it's orbital velocity. In other words, it is the altitude at which you have to be in orbit in order to fly. Fifty miles is the altitude of the top of the stratosphere.
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