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First rocket launch from Cape Canaveral in Flori- da, USA, on 24 July 1950. This two-stage Bumper rocket was comprised of two other rockets. The lower stage was a V2 which had been designed by the Germans during World War II, whilst the upper stage was the American Corporal design. The V2 rose vertically to an altitude of 16 kilometres (km) before being turned to fly horizontally. The Corporal was then fired and travelled about 320 km horizontally before falling into the Atlantic Ocean. The V2's designer, Wernher von Braun, had been brought to America after the War as a technical advisor. Hundreds of other rockets have since been launched from Cape Canaveral.
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