The Life of Wernher Von Braun By Georgia Cleworth. Introduction. Wernher Von Braun was one of the world's first rocket engineers and a leading expert on space travel. His will to expand man's knowledge through the exploration of space led to the development of: Explorer satellites,
The Life of
Wernher Von Braun
By Georgia Cleworth
Wernher Von Braun was one of the world's first rocket engineers and a leading expert on space travel. His will to expand man's knowledge through the exploration of space led to the development of:
Additionally, his determination to "go where no man has gone before" led to mankind setting foot on the moon.
Still dreaming of a world in which rockets would be used for peaceful exploration, in 1952 Dr. von Braun published his concept of a space station in Collier's magazine. This station would have a diameter of 250 feet, orbit in a 1075 mile-high orbit, and spin to provide artificial gravity. In his vision, it would be the perfect jumping-off point for lunar expeditions.
Dr. Von Braun also worked with Disney studios as a technical director for three television films about Space Exploration. Over the years von Braun continued his work with Disney, hoping that Disney's involvement would bring about greater public interest in the future of the space program.
At the peak of his activities, von Braun learned he had cancer. Despite surgery, the cancer progressed, forcing him to retire from Fairchild on December 31, 1976.
On June 16 1977, Wernher von Braun died.
ARTIST: Tom Lehrer
TITLE: Wernher Von Braun
Gather round while I sing you of Wernher von Braun
A man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience
Call him a Nazi, he won't even frown
"Ha, Nazi schmazi," says Wernher von Braun
Don't say that he's hypocritical Say rather that he's apolitical
"Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down
That's not my department," says Wernher von Braun
Some have harsh words for this man of renown
But some think our attitude should be one of gratitude
Like the widows and cripples in old London town
Who owe their large pensions to Wernher von Braun
You too may be a big hero
Once you've learned to count backwards to zero
"In German oder English I know how to count down
Und I'm learning Chinese," says Wernher von Braun