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LilMoWithTheGimpyLeg t1_jcezl2n wrote

The space missions in the 60s were partially tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (so I've heard), so maybe this is a disguised test of a new weapons system as well.


dandroid20xx t1_jcf9gmb wrote

It's more space missions were a side effect of ICBM testing, most of the companies involved gained most of their expertise via nuclear missile programmes. The Chinese Long-March series of space launch vehicles is still based on an ICBM platform


Shawnj2 t1_jcrzk3k wrote

Rockets to get to get a small payload to LEO can be modified to be ICBM’s relatively easily but a Saturn V or Starship cannot easily be used as an ICBM lol