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It was just 65 years ago today, December 17, 1957, when the first American Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was fired. Don’t worry, it was just a test. As the Cold War raged, the necessity of a missile to carry a substantial payload to other continents was common sense.
On this date, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Convair Division of General Dynamics, working with the U.S. Airforce, successfully tested their missile.
Called SM-65 Atlas, this was the start of a multi-decade family of Atlas ICBM weapons. However, as with most “first,” this was soon replaced and then replaced again by better-developed weapons. Still, it was on this date that a new term for Americans was created, and it all began 65 years ago today.
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