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Letter from Denis Cox in 1957 to Weapons Research Establishment, Woomera in South Australia

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Letter from Denis Cox in 1957 to Weapons Research Establishment, Woomera in South Australia

Date: 1957
Content creator: National Archives of Australia
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Keywords: Weapons, spacecraft, Woomera, rocket, rockets, frontier science, space exploration, jet, space technology, space flight, aeronatics, engineering, space race, defence
Record creator: Denis Cox (archived by Weapons Research Establishment, Woomera in South Australia)
Reference: D250, 56/486 Part 1

Denis Cox's letter to the Top Scientist

A rocket ship designed by Denis Cox

To the Top Scientist at the CSIRO


Learning content

This is a hand-drawn diagram of a rocket ship by a young Denis Cox, sent in October 1957 to 'A Top Scientist at Woomera Rocket Range, South Australia'. As part of the National Archives' Find of the Month for May 2009, the item highlights how younger generations were fascinated by the race between world superpowers to be the first to successfully pilot missions into outer space. For more information, click the links below.

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