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Did the Nazis have a space program ?

By T.K. Randall
June 18, 2011 · Comment icon 11 comments

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As fans anticipate the release of the film "Iron Sky" we ask was there ever a real Nazi space program ?
While its been the subject of conspiracy theories for decades, to date there is no evidence that the Germans had ever built a space program during World War 2. There were certainly major advances in rocketry however these were developed for military purposes only, it wasn't until after the war that the US and Russia started to turn this technology towards the stars.
Sci-fi enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists tend to obsess about the possibilities of a space-faring Third Reich. Robert A. Heinlein authored a tale about a German lunar base as early as 1947. Nowadays, fans are abuzz for the 2012 release of "Iron Sky," the Finnish film full of scene-chewing space Nazis and swastika-stamped spaceships.


Source: Discovery News | Comments (11)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by EllJay 13 years ago
Did the Nazis Have a Space Program? Would be worse if Space had a Nazi Program. Just sayin.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Device 13 years ago
I think the Nazis were focused on more 'earthly' matters like, anihilating everyone.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Doctor_Strangelove 13 years ago
There goes the whole "If Germany won,we'd have space colonies by now" argument. Man, the neo-Nazis are going to be p***ed.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nuke_em 13 years ago
Well i support that argument... Imagine we would have one gov. not thousands of corrupted ones.. and world " Germany lol " would probaly work as one civilization. Instead there is just BS all over the world.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Habitat 13 years ago
They had a real estate acquisition program. That kept them very busy.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Wyvernkeeper 13 years ago
Did the Nazis have a space program? Probably not, but at least the paranoia of people thinking they might have has now led to this movie coming out soon... Love the pigeon at the end... This movie looks hilarious!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Taut 13 years ago
Well i support that argument... Imagine we would have one gov. not thousands of corrupted ones.. and world " Germany lol " would probaly work as one civilization. Instead there is just BS all over the world. [/quote Yeah, it might be more efficient, but you'd have to rat out your mom for not having blue eyes and get her sent to the brothels, in order to "fit in".
Comment icon #9 Posted by danielost 13 years ago
in the show secret weapons of the nazis ww2, they talk about a space plane. didnt get off the paper
Comment icon #10 Posted by danielost 13 years ago
Well i support that argument... Imagine we would have one gov. not thousands of corrupted ones.. and world " Germany lol " would probaly work as one civilization. Instead there is just BS all over the world. Yeah, it might be more efficient, but you'd have to rat out your mom for not having blue eyes and get her sent to the brothels, in order to "fit in". one very corrupt government, or 150 most of which are corrupt.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 13 years ago
in the show secret weapons of the nazis ww2, they talk about a space plane. didnt get off the paper I suspect that this is the work of Eugen Sänger you are referring to. Here is the wikipedia article on him.


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