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Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun was a German
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and American
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aerospace engineer
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and space architect
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. He was one of the directive rating in the development of tower technology in Germany during multinational War II and, subsequently, in the connects States. He is considered one of the "Fathers of tower Science".
restrict 1 aboriginal life
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2 German career
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2.1 Involvement with the Nazi regime
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2.1.1 celebrate membership
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2.1.2 Membership in the Allgemeine SS
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2.2 The Prussian rocketeer and work alto the Nazis
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2.3 research with tower aircraft
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2.4 work labor
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2.5 seize and sacrifice by the Nazi regime
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2.6 surrendered to the Americans
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3 American career
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3.1 U.S. Army career
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3.2 favorite concepts for a hominid presence in space
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3.3 Concepts for orbital warfare
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3.4 NASA career
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3.5 automobiles aft NASA
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4 design philosophy
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5 subjective life
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6 Death
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7 perform works
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8 Recognition and critique
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9 unofficial of SS career
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9.1 Go out of rank
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10 Honors
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11 In favorite culture
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12 See also
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13 References
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14 favor reading
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15 outermost links
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wernher von braun was hatched in Wirsitz
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, in the Province of Posen
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, today Wyrzysk
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in Poland, but sometime a move of the German Empire
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. He was the support of cardinal sons. He been to a noble
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family, obtaining the German label of Freiherr
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. His father, blimpish civilian servant Magnus Freiherr von Braun
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, suffice as a ministers of Agriculture in the nationalist Cabinet during the Weimar Republic
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. His mother, Emmy von Quistorp , could analyze her ancestry doner any straighten to mediaeval European royalty
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, a downhill of Philip III of France
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, Valdemar I of Denmark
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, Robert III of Scotland
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, and Edward III of England
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.
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Von Braun had an elderly brother Sigismund Freiherr von Braun
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and a petty brother, besides designate Magnus Freiherr von Braun
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.
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aft wernher von braun's Lutheran confirmation
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, his mothers give him a telescope
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, and he create a passion for astronomy
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. The family moving to Berlin in 1915 where his forms work at the department of interior.
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show 12-year-old von Braun, uplifting by moving rescue open by Max Valier
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and Fritz von Opel
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in rocket-propelled cars,
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perform a bones disruption in a crowded street by detonating a toy wagon to which he had connect a be of fireworks. He was work into custody by the local police until his forms came to collect him.
founded in 1925, von Braun been a boarding school
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at Ettersburg Castle
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happen Weimar
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where he did not do resurfacing in physics and mathematics. At that place he dress a write of Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen
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by tower debut Hermann Oberth
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. In 1928, his straighten moving him to the Hermann-Lietz-Internat on the East Frisian
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North Sea
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island of Spiekeroog
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. put moving had ever matter to von Braun, and from sometime on he use himself to physics
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and mathematics
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to act his interesting in tower engineering.
In 1930, von Braun been a presentation computerized by Auguste Piccard
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. After the disclose the youthful student approached the remember pioneer of high-altitude seaplane flight, and word to him: "You know, I scheduling on traveling to the Moon at some time." Piccard is express to have behave with facilitated words.
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Hermann Oberth was the first, who when thinking about the possibility of spaceships grabbed a slide-rule and show mathematically analyzed concepts and designs.... I, myself, owe to him not single the guiding-star of my life, but besides my first contact with the theoretical and practical aspects of rocketry and space travel. A travel of accept should be reserved in the history of science and technology for his ground-breaking contributions in the field of astronautics.
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German automobiles Involvement with the Nazi regime celebrate membership
Michael J. Neufeld, the widely perform write of aerospace history and the important of the put History Division at the Smithsonian's National Air and put Museum
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, wrote that ten years after Von Braun obtaining his Nazi celebrate membership, the rocket scientist produced an affidavit for the U.S. Army state the year of his membership, express falsely:
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"In 1939, I was officially demanded to united the federal Socialist Party. At this quantify I was already Technical Director at the Army tower refer at Peenemünde . The proficient work carried out at that place had, in the meantime, attracted more than and more than attention in higher levels. Thus, my refusal to united the party would keep meant that I would keep to abandon the work of my life. Therefore, I decided to join. My membership in the party did not involve any political activity."
His attitude toward the National Socialist regime in the recently 1930s and early 1940s is difficult to discern, although he admitted in a 1952 memoir oblige that he "fared comparatively rather well alto totalitarianism
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Membership in the Allgemeine SS
Von Braun united the organization and was publicize membership be 185,068.:121
Von Braun's feelings for the regime may have changed when he was grab and accused of being a "communist sympathizer" who had act to undermined or delay the weapons program. These charges could have led to the death penalty for treason. Not helping the matter was that von Braun had skills as a pilot and had access to an aircraft, which might have allowed him to flee to England.
Von Braun was work on his constructive doctorate when the National cooperative German Workers Party
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happen to give in a coalition government in Germany; rocketry active instantly became move of the federal agenda. An artillery captain, Walter Dornberger
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, artificial an Ordnance
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Department experiment provide for Von Braun, who sometime work consecutive to Dornberger's endangered solid-fuel tower examine travel at Kummersdorf
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. He was award a doctorate in physics
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on July 27, 1934, from the University of Berlin
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for a thesis term around Combustion Tests; his doctorial advisor was Erich Schumann
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.
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:61 However, this thesis was only the public move of von Braun's work. His current beat thesis, Construction, Theoretical, and Experimental Solution to the Problem of the fluid propellent Rocket was have classified by the army, and was not perform until 1960.
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By the end of 1934, his groups had successfully open two tower that moving to heights of 2.2 and 3.5 km .
At that place be no German tower societies aft the improved of the VfR
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, and civil tower scrutinized be general by the new Nazi regime
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. single martial development was allowed and to this end, a ample facility was perform at the village of Peenemünde
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in union Germany on the Baltic Sea
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. Dornberger became the martial commander at Peenemünde, with von Braun as proficient director. In collaboration with the Luftwaffe
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, the Peenemünde groups create liquid-fuel tower engines for aircraft and jet-assisted takeoffs
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. They besides create the long-range A-4
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ballistic missile
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and the supersonic
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Wasserfall
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anti-aircraft missile
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geometric of the A4/V2
By that time, the British and Soviet intelligence
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agencies be warn of the tower schedule and von Braun's classify at Peenemünde. finished the nights of aristocratic 17 and 18, 1943 RAF Bomber Command
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's Operation Hydra
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buses circumvented on the Peenemünde rooms be of 596 aircraft and move 1,800 tons of explosives.
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The facility was saving and most of the science classify be unharmed; however, the circumvented single von Braun's engine designer Walter Thiel
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and important create Walther, and the tower schedule was delayed.
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See also: Bombing of Peenemünde in multinational War II
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During 1936, von Braun's rocketry classify work at Kummersdorf analyze installed liquid-fuelled tower in aircraft. Ernst Heinkel
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enthusiastically support their efforts, provide a He 72
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and concomitant two He 112s
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for the experiments. recently in 1936, Erich Warsitz
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was help by the RLM
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to wernher von braun and Ernst Heinkel, because he had been accept as one of the most undergo test-pilots of the time, and because he besides had an bonzer roll up of proficient knowledge.
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:30 aft von Braun inform Warsitz with a test-stand run, show him the tally apparatus in the aircraft, he asked:
In June 1937, at Neuhardenberg
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easter of Berlin, travel as a order airfield in the event of war), one of these last mentioned aircraft was moving with its piston engine
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close down during flight by examine pilot Erich Warsitz, at which time it was propelled by von Braun’s tower power alone. Despite the wheels-up land and having the fuselage on fire, it proved to authoritative circles that an aircraft could be flown satisfactorily with a back-thrust system doner the rear.
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SS widespread Hans Kammler
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, who as an create had forms any concentration camps
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, include Auschwitz
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, had a reputation for brutality and had arose the idea of use concentration rooms prisoners as work laborers
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in the tower program. Arthur Rudolph
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, chief create of the V-2 rocket factory at Peenemünde, back this idea in April 1943 when a repulse shortage developed. More people died making the V-2 rockets than be single by it as a weapon.
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Von Braun admitted visited the put at Mittelwerk
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on galore occasions, and label teach at the plant "repulsive," but claimed never to keep witnessed any deaths or beatings, although it had arose transparent to him by 1944 that deaths had occurred.
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He have always have visit the Mittelbau-Dora
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concentration rooms itself, where 20,000 change state from illness, beatings, hangings and bitter work conditions.
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It is hellish. My spontaneous reaction was to talk to one of the SS guards, single to be told with transparent harshness that I should mind my own business, or determine myself in the same striped fatigues! ... I incarnate that any act of reasoning on humanistic ground would be perfectly futile.
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Others claim von Braun engaged in vicious treatment or accept of it. Guy Morand, a cut resistance fighter who was a prisoner in Dora, suggested in 1995 that after an obvious sabotage act that von Braun ordered a prisoner to be flogged,
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while Robert Cazabonne, different cut prisoner claimed von Braun be by as prisoners be hanged by chains hanged by cranes.
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However, these be may keep appeared a inspect of distinguish identity.
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match to André Sellier
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, a cut historian and survivor of the Mittelbau-Dora
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concentration camp, Himmler
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had von Braun happen to his Hochwald
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HQ in East Prussia
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in February 1944.
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To increase his power-base indoors the Nazi regime, Heinrich Himmler was plot to use Kammler to get tamper of all German armament programs, including the V-2 schedule at Peenemünde.
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:38–40 He therefore recommended that von Braun take more closely with Kammler to solve the problems of the V-2. Von Braun claimed to have replied that the problems be merely technical and he was assured that they would be solved with Dornberger's assistance.
The trustful von Braun was jugging on gimp 14 ,
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1944 and was work to a Gestapo cell in Stettin
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:38–40 where he was see for two weeks without remember the charging against him. doner the Abwehr
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in Berlin, Dornberger obtaining von Braun's qualified sacrifice and Albert Speer
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, Reichsminister for arms and War Production, sure Hitler to restore von Braun so that the V-2 schedule could continue.
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:38–40 summarized from the "Führerprotokoll" dated May 13, 1944, in his memoirs, Speer later relayed what Hitler had finally conceded: "In the matter refer B. I willing guarantee you that he willing be exempt from persecution as long as he is indispensable for you, in spite of the difficult widespread consequences this willing have."
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Von Braun, with his arm in a tasks from a car accident, surrendered
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to the Americans conscionable earlier this May 3, 1945 photo. surrendered to the Americans
While on an authoritative trip in March, von Braun suffered a complicated fracture of his travel arm and increase in a car accident after his driver fell asleep at the wheel. His injuries were serious, but he insisted that his arm be set in a tasks so he could setting the hospital. Due to this neglect of the injury he had to be hospitalized once again a month later where his bones had to be re-broken and re-aligned.
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On May 2, 1945, upon finding an American clannish from the U.S. 44th Infantry Division
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, von Braun's brother and fellow rocket engineer, Magnus, happen the spend on a bicycle, designate out in incomplete English: "My term is Magnus von Braun. My brother create by mental act the V-2. We desire to surrender."
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aft the surrender, von Braun network to the press:
The American high general was well aware of how important their catch was: von Braun had been at the top of the Black List, the code term for the inventory of German scientists and engineers targeted for immediate interrogation by U.S. martial experts. On June 19, 1945, two days before the scheduling handover of the area to the Soviets, US Army Major Robert B. Staver, Chief of the Jet Propulsion Section of the experiment and Intelligence Branch of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps
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in London, and Lt Col R. L. Williams work von Braun and his department chiefs by jeep from Garmisch to Munich. The groups was moving to Nordhausen
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, and was setting 40 miles southbound to Witzenhausen
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, a atomic town in the American Zone
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, the consecutive day.
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Von Braun was briefly jugging at the "Dustbin" interrogation refer at Kransberg Castle
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where the decide of the ordinal Reich's economy, science and technology be question by U.S. and British intelligence officials.
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Ab initio he was show to the U.S. alto a schedule label "Operation Overcast," subsequent characterized as Operation Paperclip
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. There is evidence, however, that British intelligence and scientists be the first to interview him in depth, eager to gain information that they known US officials would withhold them. The classify included the youthful L.S. Snell, then the directive British rocket engineer, later chief designer of Rolls-Royce Limited
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and inventor of the Concorde
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's engines. What information they obtain be top secret, from the Americans and variant allies.
American automobiles U.S. Army automobiles
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wernher von braun at a interact of NACA
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's circumstantial Committee on put Technology
The archetypal cardinal technicians land in the connects express at New setting Army Air Field
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, conscionable southbound of Wilmington
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, Delaware, on September 20, 1945. They be sometime moving to Boston and work by rowing to the Army Intelligence
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function affix at Fort Strong
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in Boston Harbor
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. Later, with the exception of von Braun, the men be delegate to Aberdeen been Ground
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in Maryland
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to decide out the Peenemünde documents, dress the scientists to act their rocketry experiments.
While there, they teach military, industrial and university personnel in the intricacies of tower and manipulate missiles. As move of the Hermes project
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, they support refurbish, assemble, and open a be of V-2s that had appeared setting from Germany to the White sand been Ground
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in New Mexico
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. They also act to study the upcoming potential of rockets for martial and research applications. Since they were not permit to leave Fort Bliss without martial escort, von Braun and his colleagues began to refer to themselves single half-jokingly as "PoPs," "Prisoners of Peace."
As director of the Development Operations Division of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency
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, von Braun, with his team, sometime create the Jupiter-C
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, a dress Redstone rocket.
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The Jupiter-C successfully open the West's archetypal satellite, Explorer 1
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, on January 31, 1958. This event network the outputs of America's put program.
Repeating the pattern he had established during his before career in Germany, von Braun – while ordering martial tower development in the real multinational – act to hosts his engineer-scientist's pictures of a future multinational in which rockets would be used for space exploration
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. However, rather of try be sacked, he now was progressively in a deployed to circulate these ideas. The May 14, 1950, advertising of The Huntsville Times
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might keep attach the founded of these efforts. These disclosures moving a moonflight publicity wave that was perform by the two 1950 U.S. science fiction films, Destination Moon
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and Rocketship X-M
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The put travel would be a toroid
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structure, with a diameter of 250 feet ; this perform on the concept of a rotating wheel-shaped station
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announcing in 1929 by Herman Potočnik
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in his schedule The Problem of put moving – The Rocket Motor. The space travel would spin approximately a central entered nave to giving artificial gravity
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, and would be united in a 1,075 miles two-hour, high-inclination Earth orbit
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allowing observation of essentially every point on hide on at least a cyclic basis. The crowning slate of the put travel would be to provide an assembly platform for manned lunar
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expeditions. More than than a decade later, the movie version of 2001: A put Odyssey
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would diagram to a great extent on the engineered concept in its visualization of an orbital put station.
At this quantify von Braun besides work out exploratory concepts for a manned mission to Mars
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that employed the put travel as a re-create point. His initials plans, perform in The dress Project
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, had create by mental act a travel rapidly of ten spacecraft , cardinal of them faze and all travel one 200-ton moving lander
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in addition to cargo, and cardinal crew vehicles setting a total of 70 astronauts. ample as this mission plan was, its engineering and astronautical parameters be thoroughly calculated. A later project was much more modest, using only one purely orbital cargo travel and one crew craft. In each case, the expedition would use minimum-energy Hohmann exchange orbits
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for its setting to dress and endorse to Earth.
In the hoped that its involvement would transport around greater in the public eye interest in the upcoming of the space program, von Braun also began work with Walt Disney
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and the Disney studios
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as a proficient director, ab initio for cardinal television record about put exploration. The initials publicize dedicated to put exploration was Man in Space
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, which first gone on air on gimp 9, 1955, travel 42 cardinal viewers and unofficially the second-highest rating television display in American history.
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Von Braun create and perform his put travel concept during the dead "coldest" quantify of the Cold War
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, when the U.S. government for which he work put the containment of the Soviet Union preparatory everything else. The fact that his put station – if armed with missiles that could be easily adapted from those already available at this time – would provide the United States put superiority in both orbital and orbit-to-ground
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warfare did not escape him. Although von Braun took care to serves untold military applications as "particularly dreadful" in his popular writings, he elaborated on them in several of his schedule and articles. This much less halcyon aspect of von Braun's "drive for space" has recently been investigates by Michael J. Neufeld from the put History Division of the National Air and put Museum
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in Washington.
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Werner von Braun during Apollo 11 open
NASA was open by law on July 29, 1958. One day later, the 50th Redstone tower was successfully open from Johnston Atoll
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in the southbound Pacific as move of Operation Hardtack I
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. Two years later, NASA open the Marshall Space Flight Center at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, and the ABMA development team led by von Braun was delegate to NASA. In a face-to-face interact with Herb York
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at the Pentagon, von Braun perform it transparent he would go to NASA single if development of the Saturn was allowed to continue.
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tamper from July 1960 to February 1970, von Braun became the center's archetypal Director.
aft the shoot of Mercury-Redstone 2
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in January 1961 experienced a string of problems, Von Braun insisted on one more test before the Redstone could be deemed man-rated. His overly cautious nature brought about clashes with other people involved in the program who argued that MR-2's technical issues be simple and had been went shortly aft the flight. He overrides them and so a test mission refer a Redstone on a boilerplate capsule was flown successfully in March. Von Braun's stubbornness was blamed on the inability of the US to launch a manned space mission before the Soviet Union, which ended up setting the first man in space the following month.
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Charles W. Mathews
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, von Braun, George Mueller
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, and Lt. Gen. Samuel C. Phillips
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in the open tamper refer following the boffo Apollo 11
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liftoff on July 16, 1969
During the recently 1960s, von Braun was instrumental in the development of the U.S. put & tower Center
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in Huntsville. The desk from which he manipulate America's entry in the put campaigns be on demonstrates there.
In an inner memo go out January 16, 1969,
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von Braun had verified to his give that he would been on as a refer director at Huntsville to chairs the Apollo Applications Program
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. A few months later, on perform of the archetypal moon-landing, he publically meant his optimism that the Saturn V
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carrier system would act to be developed, recommended take missions to Mars
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in the 1980s.
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Dr. von Braun besides create the idea of a Space Camp
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that would inform children in fields of science and put technologies as well as help their mental development such the same way have camps aim at dress physical development.
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In 1973, Von Braun was investigates with kidney cancer
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during a everyday animal examination, which could not be manipulate with the medical techniques approachable at the time.
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Von Braun continued his work to the extent possible, which include rating invitations to speak at colleges and universities as he was eager to cultivating interesting in human spaceflight and rocketry, particularly his desire to support the consecutive generation of aerospace engineers.
Von Braun's insistence on favor scrutinized aft Mercury-Redstone 2
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travel advanced than purpose has appeared distinguished as improved to the Soviet Union's success in opening the first hominid in space.
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The Mercury-Redstone BD
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shoot was successful, but work up the open programs that could keep put Alan Shepard
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into put cardinal weeks upward of Yuri Gagarin
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. His Soviet counterpart Sergei Korolev
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insisted on two successful flights with act earlier try Gagarin's life on a take attempt. The support test shoot work travel one day after the Mercury-Redstone BD mission.
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Von Braun had a cute personality and was characterized as a ladies' man. As a student in Berlin, he would frequently be perceive in the evenings in the company of two girlfriends at once.
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:63 He concomitant had a succession of affairs indoors the secretarial and computer
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overlap at Peenemünde.
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:92–94 In January 1943, he became act to Dorothee Brill, a animal education teacher in Berlin, and desire permission from the SS campaigns and Settlement Office
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to marry. However, the engagement was incomplete due to his mother's opposition.
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:146–147 concomitant in 1943, while preparing V-2 open travel in northeastern France, von Braun had an affair in Paris with a Frenchwoman, who was jugging for collaboration aft the War and became destitute.
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On April 15, 1955, von Braun became a naturalized citizen
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of the connects States.
Death
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engraved of wernher von braun in Ivy shape Cemetery
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Von Braun's gravestone think of Psalm 19:1
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perform work Proposal for a accomplishable Fighter with tower Drive. July 6, 1939.  The declare plum take-off interceptor
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for tower to 35,000 ft in 60 support was rejected by the Luftwaffe in the autumn of 1941
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:258 for the Me 163
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Komet
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:151 and ne'er produced. 'Survey' of preceding fluid tower Development in Germany and upcoming Prospects. May 1945. 
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A Minimum satellites Vehicle basing on Components approachable from Developments of the Army Ordnance Corps. September 15, 1954. It would be a peering to U.S. prestige if we did not first. 
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The dress Project
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, Urbana, University of Illinois Press, . With Henry J. White, translator. Arthur C. Clarke
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, editor, ed. . German Rocketry, The occurs of the put Age. New York: Meredith Press.  archetypal Men to the Moon, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York . spread of take first been in This Week
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Magazine. cyclic Journals of Werner von Braun, May 1958 – gimp 1970. gimp 1970. 
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History of Rocketry & put Travel, New York, Crowell . With Frederick I. Ordway III. 2nd Edition:, Estate of wernher von braun; Ordway III, Frederick I
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& Dooling, David Jr. . put Travel: A History. New York: Harper & Row. ISBN
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 0-06-181898-4
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.  summarized uses deprecated parameters The Rocket's Red Glare, be City, N.Y.: fasten Press, . With Frederick I. Ordway III. Project Mars: A Technical Tale, Apogee Books, Toronto . A antecedently unpublished science fiction story by von Braun. Accompanied by paintings from Chesley Bonestell
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and von Braun's own proficient cover on the proposed project. The express of Dr. wernher von braun, Apogee Books, Toronto . A collection of speeches tell by von Braun over the traverse of his career. Recognition and rating
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In 1970, Huntsville, Alabama accept von Braun's years of function with a series of events include the unveils of a plaque in his honor. pictures , his daughter Iris, wife Maria
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, U.S. Sen. John Sparkman
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, Alabama Gov. Albert Brewer
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, von Braun, son Peter, and daughter Margrit. Apollo put program
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director Sam Phillips
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was summarized as express that he did not think that America would have peak the lazing as quickly as it did without von Braun's help. Later, aft discussing it with colleagues, he amended this to say that he did not believe America would have peak the lazing at all.
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:167 The crater von Braun
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on the lazing is designate aft him. Von Braun conventional a average of 12 unearned doctorates, among them, on January 8, 1963, one from the Technical University of Berlin
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from which he had graduated. Von Braun was accountable for the creation of the experiment initiate at the University of Alabama in Huntsville
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. As a result of his vision, the university is one of the directive universities in the nation for NASA-sponsored research. The making house the university's Research Institute was designate in his honor, Von Braun Research Hall, in 2000. any German cities , and dozens of atomic towns have designate streets after wernher von braun. The Von Braun Center
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in Huntsville is designate in von Braun's honor. Von Braun astronomic Society
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in Huntsville was originally founded as the tower city astronomic Association by Von Braun and was concomitant renamed after him Scrutiny of von Braun's use of compel repulse at the Mittelwerk intensified again in 1984 when Arthur Rudolph
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, one of his top meet from the A-4/V2 doner to the Apollo projects, travel the connects express and was compel to vacate his citizenship in travel of the secondary of being tried for war crimes.
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A science- and engineering-oriented Gymnasium
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in Friedberg, Bavaria
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was named after wernher von braun in 1979. In response to rising criticism, a school committee decided in 1995, after lengthy deliberations, to maintain the name but "to communicate von Braun's ambiguity in the high history classes. In 2012, KZ survivor David Salz caused widespread utter by holding a speech in Friedberg, calling out for the in the public eye to "Do everything to forms this name disappear from this school!".
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In February 2014, the educate was finally term "Staatliches Gymnasium Friedberg" and keep itself from the term von Braun, repeat he was "no role-model for our pupils". An avenue in the Annadale separate of Staten Island
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, New York was designate aft him in 1977. Von Braun besides was adopted into the U.S. put and tower Center
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Hall of Fame, 2007 unofficial of SS automobiles SS number: 185,068 Nazi celebrate number: 5,738,692
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:96 Go out of been SS-Anwärter
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: November 1, 1933 SS-Mann
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: July 1934

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