Sunday, November 7, 2010

Holy S**t!: Early Rocket Failures

This film is pretty grainy but these tests date from the late 1950s to the 1960s, in the early days of manned/unmanned launch vehicles. At the time, these repeated explosions were viewed as being alternately embarrassing, hilarious, and spellbinding...I mean, these failures even looked spectacular.

I am sure the Soviet Union at the time had copious failures of their own (except we never heard about them, and the scores of dead people they probably had in orbit...but more on that at a later time). At least these were tests and not the real thing.