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Launch of ICBM - Russian R-7 Missile

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Image of the Russian R-7 Missile that was the world's first (ICBM) Intercontinental Balistic Missile.

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum provides more information:

From 1954 to 1957, Soviet rocket designer Sergei Korolëv headed development of the R-7, the world's first ICBM. Successfully flight tested in August 1957, the R-7 missile was powerful enough to launch a nuclear warhead against the United States or to hurl a spacecraft into orbit.

In October 1957 the R-7 launched Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. In 1961 a modified R-7 launched the first manned spacecraft, Vostok, which carried cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Refined versions of the R-7 are still in use today.

A workhorse of the Soviet space program, the R-7 rocket has launched many missions.


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Image online, courtesy the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum website.

 

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