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Veteran Journalist Charles Kuralt Narrates This Retrospective Of The Life's Work Of Wernher von Braun, The Leading Figure In Rocket Technology Development And The Architect Of America's Space Program, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD! (Color, 1996, 48 Minutes.)
Wernher von Braun, German-American physicist, aerospace engineer and space architect (March 23, 1912 - June 16, 1977) was born in the small town of Wirsitz in the Province of Posen, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (modern Poland). Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun was the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Germany and in rocket technology and space science in the United States. In his twenties and early thirties, von Braun worked in Nazi Germany's rocket development program. After he joined the SS he helped design and develop the V-2 rocket at Peenemunde, Germany during World War II. Following the war, he was secretly moved to the United States, along with about 1,600 other German scientists, engineers, and technicians, as part of Operation Paperclip. He worked for the United States Army on an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) program and he developed the rockets that launched the United States' first space satellite Explorer 1. His group was assimilated into NASA, where he served as director of the newly formed Marshall Space Flight Center and as the chief architect of the Saturn V super heavy-lift launch vehicle that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the Moon. In 1975, von Braun received the National Medal of Science. He advocated for a human mission to Mars. Wernher von Braun diesd of pancreatic cancer in Alexandria, Virginia, at age 65. He is buried on Valley Road at the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria. His gravestone cites Psalm 19:1: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork"