During World War II Peenemunde hosted the Heeresversuchsanstalt, an extensive rocket development and test site established in 1937, and headed by Wernher von Braun and Walter Dornberger. Between 1937 and 1945 two weapons, the V-1 and the V-2 were developed. Test-firing of the first V-1 occurred in early 1942 and the first V-2 first flew on October 3, 1942, from Prüfstand (Test stand) VII.
Between 1947 and 1967 the rocket launch site and Special Weapons Test Centre (CEES), 120km south-west of Coulomb-Bechar, was used for launching sounding rockets, the satellite carrier "Diamond (rocket)" between 1965 and 1967, and the development of ballistic missiles.
On 0l July 1967, the facility was abandoned and turned over to Algeria, as provided in the Evian agreements of March 19...
Craters surround a site at Peenemunde following an Allied bombing raid.
A submarine-towed launch platform was tested successfully, effectively making it the prototype for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. The project codename was Prüfstand XII (Test stand XII), sometimes called the rocket U-boat. If deployed, it would have allowed a U-boat to launch V-2 missiles against Unit...
The dunes of Leba were a large testing area for long-range rocket weapons during the German occupation.
The last German test flight was in 1945.
After the war the facility was reused by the Polish army.
The dunes were also used by general Erwin Rommel to practise desert warfare.
The museum is located in the middle of the dunes, west...
Aerial view of the cool exhibits at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama - one of my favorite places when I was a kid. Lots of new things have been added since I was there, though. Some of them are highlighted here. This image courtesy Microsoft and the USGS.