What has been the history of rockets?
The history of modern rocketry began during WW 2. German
engineers were able to design rockets that were capable of reaching
England from Germany and these rockets had warheads that would
explode on contact. The Germans advanced from their V-1 rocket to a
more powerful V-2 rocket. Using WW 2 airplanes as the British did,
to try and intercept a rocket was near impossible. What saved the
British was that the warheads used by the Germans were small
compared to the damage a group pf German bombers could inflict with
massive bombing attacks on London, for example. Also, the number of
rocket launches the Germans could muster were relatively small.
After WW 2, the Soviets and the USA each took German rocket
scientists back to their nations and used German expertise to
develop stonger and more powerful rockets. These rockets were not
however, used for attacking. They were used as a defensive
mechanism to discourage attacks.
Later, rocketry advanced to the level of allowing space travel.
The most impressive use of rocketry was allowing the USA to land
men on the moon.