An Artificial Object Into Space During World War II

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From a historical standpoint, the space travel that Americans know today arrived when German scientists took the first effort toward sending an artificial object into space during World War II. In 1942, Germany accomplished its launching of the V-2 rocket, the first manmade rocket sent into space (Schombert). Of course, the Soviet Union followed suit, historians writing down the name “Sputnik” in history texts to describe the country’s first successful, unmanned orbital launch, completed on October 4, 1957 (Schombert). Before the world could recover from the technological whiplash, the race to the heavens had already become a trend among several world powers, and at once, shooting objects into the void became a display of national power…show more content…
These dangerous endeavors lurk in a new unknown, and the journey to it is rife with explosive mishaps—literally.
Statistically, space travel is too worrisome and dangerous for private industries to maintain. Rather, of the 536 people who have travelled into space, 3.4 percent, or 18 astronauts, have died during missions (Silver 1). While this number may appear statistically insignificant, these sets of fatalities do not consider the overall risk potential, and the many other lives taken from astronaut training and non-astronaut deaths that resulted from spaceflight-related activities. In 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight, killing its entire crew. Many years later, the shuttle Columbia experienced a disastrous event on February 1, 2003, when the shuttle disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana upon reentrance of the mesosphere, killing another team. Now, Emery reports in his article that privately contributed space exploration continues this deadly trend, stating, “The crash of the SpaceShipTwo was the second catastrophe in a gloomy week for the commercial space industry. On Tuesday, an unmanned Antares rocket exploded over Wallops Island, in Virginia.” As illustrated, the frequent rate of failure with unmanned missions—government or privately ran—begs that, if any, the government should regulate these projects in a modern world with better
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