Rocketship X-M – Design and Performance of the RX-M

 

n May 26, 1950 the Rocketship X-M expedition to the Moon was launched from the planet Earth.

 

Although frequently over shadowed by the flight of the Rocketship Luna that occurred a month later, the RX-M was actually the first attempt to reach the moon in 1950.

In the intervening years most of the technical specifications of the RX-M has been lost or destroyed. This post is an attempt to use publicly available historical documentation about the RX-M and attempt to derive some performance and flight data as well as address the controversy surrounding this early attempt to reach the moon.

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