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(io9)   New evidence indicates the Germans may have launched a crewed rocket into space in 1933. Soar krauts   (io9.com) divider line 49
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2012-05-08 11:05:21 PM
Well, you know it wasn't a crude rocket, because the Germans build good stuff.
 
2012-05-08 11:08:28 PM
And now they live on the back of the moon.
 
2012-05-08 11:38:53 PM
Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.
 
2012-05-08 11:45:07 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.


Do tell...
Adolf
 
2012-05-08 11:51:42 PM
Willy Ley

-_o
 
2012-05-08 11:58:45 PM

TsarTom: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.

Do tell...
Adolf


I'm an enlisted aviator for the Air Force, and without checking my logbook (which I don't really keep very well anyway) I can state with certainty that I have well over 300 flights, not counting commercial work-related travel or military transport to and from forward locations.

Regardless, I'm merely commenting on the fact that space is considered to be 50 miles or 100 kilometers depending on who is making the determination, not 32,000 feet. Therefore, this guy was not "launched into space" under any circumstances.
 
2012-05-09 12:08:08 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: TsarTom: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.

Do tell...
Adolf

I'm an enlisted aviator for the Air Force, and without checking my logbook (which I don't really keep very well anyway) I can state with certainty that I have well over 300 flights, not counting commercial work-related travel or military transport to and from forward locations.

Regardless, I'm merely commenting on the fact that space is considered to be 50 miles or 100 kilometers depending on who is making the determination, not 32,000 feet. Therefore, this guy was not "launched into space" under any circumstances.


I may be wrong...

/but I think one of us missed a joke there
 
2012-05-09 12:30:02 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: TsarTom: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.

Do tell...
Adolf

I'm an enlisted aviator for the Air Force, and without checking my logbook (which I don't really keep very well anyway) I can state with certainty that I have well over 300 flights, not counting commercial work-related travel or military transport to and from forward locations.


Ah ha! He's working undercover to undermine our Air Force and pave the way for the return of Werner von Braun;s clone army.

grantjkidney.com

I knew he was up to something. It makes so much sense now.
 
2012-05-09 01:22:29 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: TsarTom: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.

Do tell...
Adolf

I'm an enlisted aviator for the Air Force, and without checking my logbook (which I don't really keep very well anyway) I can state with certainty that I have well over 300 flights, not counting commercial work-related travel or military transport to and from forward locations.

Regardless, I'm merely commenting on the fact that space is considered to be 50 miles or 100 kilometers depending on who is making the determination, not 32,000 feet. Therefore, this guy was not "launched into space" under any circumstances.


SEIZE HIM!
 
2012-05-09 02:21:56 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Adolf Oliver Nipples: TsarTom: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.

Do tell...
Adolf

I'm an enlisted aviator for the Air Force, and without checking my logbook (which I don't really keep very well anyway) I can state with certainty that I have well over 300 flights, not counting commercial work-related travel or military transport to and from forward locations.

Regardless, I'm merely commenting on the fact that space is considered to be 50 miles or 100 kilometers depending on who is making the determination, not 32,000 feet. Therefore, this guy was not "launched into space" under any circumstances.

I may be wrong...

/but I think one of us missed a joke there


I got the joke immediately.
 
2012-05-09 02:38:20 AM
io9 sucks.
 
2012-05-09 02:39:00 AM
I've read about this. We should probably blast it out of the sky before the worm lands and consumes us all. Damn floating Nazi heads.
 
2012-05-09 02:55:59 AM
Holy fark! Heinlein was right.
 
2012-05-09 03:13:38 AM
... Guess I'd better go open a jar from last canning season...

Mmmm... Kraut.

/and beer, hence my boring reply.
 
2012-05-09 03:16:49 AM
So "Iron Sky" is now a documentary? Great.
 
2012-05-09 03:18:15 AM
If you could do it cheap enough you could land a division deep inside a target country.

Of course, they did master the motorized infantry, so rocketing in poorly armed troops seems kinda moot.
 
2012-05-09 04:13:05 AM
Hey cool, one of those "question" headlines used when the story sucks so much the creator won't stand by it.

Go get a job at Fox News or CNN.
 
2012-05-09 04:37:29 AM
Let's see those Kikes in Israel try to do better!
 
2012-05-09 04:51:51 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.


^^THIS^^

Space is defined by 156,000 feet from mean sea level. Anything less is just talk.

 
2012-05-09 04:57:09 AM

heinrich66: io9 sucks.


I'm guessing this article has the same editor, and the same green lighting admin, as the earlier aircraft don't fly any better with anti gravity POS.

Yes, yes, admin, I called you a POS for green lighting this POS. Sorry, but a POS is a POS.
 
2012-05-09 05:03:15 AM
No offense to any southern flightless fellow Farkers but if you go to the yearly LDR launch gathering you'll see larger rockets going up a few times a day.
 
2012-05-09 06:32:10 AM
scheisse..
After this the city threw up its hands and abandoned the project.

A clue as to what started the entire manned rocket story might be found in the name Nebel had given his test rocket. It was called the "Magdeburg Pilot Rocket". An over-enthusiastic reporter had misunderstood the use of the word "pilot" and had run with it.


Did we just encounter a case of recursive derp?

The content belies the title. So the neither the subby nor the admin read the submission. Robo-greenlighting hurts the economy!
 
2012-05-09 07:07:08 AM
New evidence indicates the Germans may have launched a crewed crued rocket into space in 1933. Soar krauts

FTFY
 
2012-05-09 07:16:09 AM

Baron Harkonnen: Let's see those Kikes in Israel try to do better!


I'll take your Iron Sky and raise you JEWS IN SPACE!
 
2012-05-09 07:21:40 AM
32,000 feet wasn't even a record in 1933: Piston aircraft had reached 44,000 feet by then.
 
2012-05-09 07:23:30 AM

Clash City Farker: New evidence indicates the Germans may have launched a crewed crued crüed rocket into space in 1933.


FTFY
 
2012-05-09 07:30:50 AM

Smallberries: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.

^^THIS^^

Space is defined by 156,000 feet from mean sea level. Anything less is just talk.


supporting my theory that earth is on a large yet tasteful dinner table at the base of the universe

/time to eat
 
2012-05-09 08:09:06 AM
the Germans may have launched a crewed rocket into space in 1933

I thought it was on May 5, 1961.
 
2012-05-09 08:14:46 AM
The purpose of the rocket flight, they'd discovered, was to prove: that we are not living on the outside surface of the earth, but rather on the inside surface of a hollow sphere!

Franz Mengering, an engineer working for the city of Magdeburg, had hit upon the idea that the hollow earth theory could be proved, if a rocket launched vertically were to land in the antipodes. That is, traveling in a line straight up it would eventually land in the Pacific Ocean, somewhere southeast of New Zealand, which, according to the theory, was directly above Germany.


That is some seriously high quality derp right there. That is on par with intelligent design and creationism.
 
2012-05-09 08:15:20 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Adolf Oliver Nipples: TsarTom: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.

Do tell...
Adolf

I'm an enlisted aviator for the Air Force, and without checking my logbook (which I don't really keep very well anyway) I can state with certainty that I have well over 300 flights, not counting commercial work-related travel or military transport to and from forward locations.

Regardless, I'm merely commenting on the fact that space is considered to be 50 miles or 100 kilometers depending on who is making the determination, not 32,000 feet. Therefore, this guy was not "launched into space" under any circumstances.

I may be wrong...

/but I think one of us missed a joke there



He's too busy flying our hard earned tax dollars to joke, Sir.
 
2012-05-09 08:41:06 AM
Did the unlikely tag die in a concentration camp?
 
2012-05-09 08:51:28 AM

Mentat: Well, you know it wasn't a crude rocket, because the Germans build good stuff.


i50.tinypic.com

*offer not available in Germany
 
2012-05-09 09:09:55 AM
blog.starwreck.com
 
2012-05-09 09:11:11 AM

bluorangefyre: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Adolf Oliver Nipples: TsarTom: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.

Do tell...
Adolf

I'm an enlisted aviator for the Air Force, and without checking my logbook (which I don't really keep very well anyway) I can state with certainty that I have well over 300 flights, not counting commercial work-related travel or military transport to and from forward locations.

Regardless, I'm merely commenting on the fact that space is considered to be 50 miles or 100 kilometers depending on who is making the determination, not 32,000 feet. Therefore, this guy was not "launched into space" under any circumstances.

I may be wrong...

/but I think one of us missed a joke there

I got the joke immediately.


I got the joke immediately, but then shoved it into my Estes multi-stage rocket and launched it into space.
 
2012-05-09 10:04:59 AM
Of course they did.
www.waste.org
/hot
 
2012-05-09 11:01:55 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Six miles is not space. If it is, I've been up in space more times than most astronauts.


Probably not because of all of the flight training the astronauts go through.... shoot one vomit comet flight has them going into "space" more than a couple of times.
 
2012-05-09 11:33:12 AM
farm9.staticflickr.com

Hates space Nazis, too
 
2012-05-09 11:46:46 AM
Even putting aside the ridiculous notion that 32,000' is somehow outerspace, there are other issues.

First, the description of a loud explosion and then the rocket was gone. This sounds more like a solid-fueled missile than something that would carry a passenger.

Second, the idea that the pilot controlled the descent under parachute by manipulating the rocket's fins, AND that he did it so precisely as to land softly near the launch facility.
 
2012-05-09 12:21:05 PM
Gawker is the new Wampler.
 
2012-05-09 01:39:54 PM
So thats how they bombed pearl harbor
 
2012-05-09 02:03:20 PM
A clue as to what started the entire manned rocket story might be found in the name Nebel had given his test rocket. It was called the "Magdeburg Pilot Rocket". An over-enthusiastic reporter had misunderstood the use of the word "pilot" and had run with it.

That only works if the Germans are mysteriously speaking English.
 
2012-05-09 02:33:04 PM
Headline asks sensationalist question: "DID GERMANS GO INTO SPACE IN 1933?!?"

Answer found in article: No.
 
2012-05-09 02:40:41 PM

wejash:

[grantjkidney.com image 253x151]

I knew he was up to something. It makes so much sense now.


Aww f@*k. We only have six years to build the Mars Exploration Ship, the USS George W Bush. We better get on it!
 
2012-05-09 03:14:40 PM
cabinetmagazine.org

Where these Germans chasing someone?
 
2012-05-09 04:19:58 PM
"When I came to my senses and looked at the altimeter before my face it flickered at 32,000 feet and then began to drop rapidly.

NOT SPACE. Not even remotely close...
 
2012-05-09 05:10:28 PM
But anything with three dimensions takes up space. And the craft traveled in 3 dimensions, ergo, it traveled THROUGH space.

"The journey through space had lasted 10 minutes and 26 seconds."

AH-HA! It is a time machine too, as it traveled through 10 minutes and 26 seconds of time!
 
2012-05-09 10:13:20 PM
The Germans tried to launch a rocket into space in 1933. I did Nazi that coming.
 
2012-05-10 04:15:17 AM
There was this thriller I read in the 80's about some agent trying to penetrate the German rocket program...and ended up on the moon. It was actualy a pretty good read....not schlocky like "Iron Sky". Forgot the title and the author, but I think it was a British author.
 
2012-05-10 08:19:09 AM
Ugh, horrible sensationalist headline for a poorly-written article. First crew capsule I could have bought. First man in space? Yeah, except only 44 miles short.

Gah.

This is bad, and whoever submitted this should feel bad.
Whoever greenlit this should also feel bad.
 
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