In this image, a bunch of pioneers lift a rocket onto its launch pad. The year is 1962, the day is August 18. Little Norway launched its first object into space from Andøya that day . The rocket was not entirely built in Norway, the USA and Denmark took part in this project, too, but the people you see in the image are Norwegians.
People here look back at that day with quite a bit of pride --- not nationalistic pride, simply pride. Given the circumstances, this rocket was about as special as it gets. It had nothing to do with the space race and thus faced challenges both in terms of funding and on the technical side.
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Credits: Norsk Romsenter/Andøya Space Center