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Space History Photo: Bumper V-2 Launch

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Bumper 8 lifts off on July 24, 1950 from the Long Range Proving Grounds in Cape Canaveral, Florida. <a href=http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/60-years-florida-rocket-launches-100723.html>Full Story</a>. (Image credit: NASA)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, the Bumper V-2 was the first missile launched at Cape Canaveral on July 24, 1950.

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