Cause and Effect

Jupiter and the Cuban Missile Crisis

In a briefing to the US Secretary of Defense in September, 1955, Werner von Braun suggested that a longer range missile be developed to compliment the short range Redstone rocket. The new missile should have a range of 1,500 miles and be capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The Army and the Navy both were interested and signed a joint pact with Chrysler to build this missile. The idea, they though, would be to park these missiles in Europe and along the Soviet coast to keep Crazy Ivan in check.

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