The US then created NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in July 1958, gave it a huge budget (at some point it reached 4 percent of the federal budget) and enlisted every big mind (including the famous Wernher von Braun
, who had been brought with a group of rocket specialists from Germany after the end of the Second World War) and every helpful institution, including the military.
Johnson reaches out to the godfather of NASA's space program: Wernher von Braun
Few scholars would contest that Wernher von Braun
, a skillful rocket engineer in his own right, managed to promote and establish himself as the preeminent rocket scientist in American history.
Start with the refugee Albert Einstein and work forward to Wernher von Braun
and his crew of German rocket scientists.
Von Tiesenhausen started his career in 1943 at the German Rocket Center in Peenemeunde, Germany, and after World War II he joined his famous colleague Wernher von Braun
In 1950, Wernher von Braun
's team of German rocket scientists came to Redstone Arsenal to develop rockets for the U.S.
Imagine my surprise upon learning this guy is the second coming of Henry Ford and Wernher von Braun
rolled into one.
His willingness to be populist was key to why no less an expert than Wernher Von Braun
declared that Ley "deserves much credit for the space consciousness...which is the indispensable foundation of the American space program."
In this memoir, he describes their experience, how his father was released on the condition that the family leave Germany, his childhood in Germany, how his family moved to New York from Cuba, and how he served in the US Army, oversaw captured soldiers being retrained to lead postwar Germany, and worked with Wernher von Braun
, the designer of GermanyAEs V-2 rocket and the father of the American space program.
How many of us, for instance, can say we started our careers working side-by-side developing rockets with Wernher von Braun
New Scientist noted that renowned aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun
- who worked for Nazi Germany during World War II but was later behind the Saturn V rocket that supported NASA's Apollo program and the first American space station Skylab - once proposed a space station that would rely on rockets launching payloads separately into space and crew assembling them in orbit, including reusing a fuel tank that otherwise would have been trash.