Wernher Von Braun Facts

Wernher Von Braun Facts
Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun (March 23, 1912 to June 16, 1977) was an American aerospace engineer. He is considered one of the Fathers of Rocket Science." During World War II he was a member of the team that developed rockets for use as weapons by the German Army.
Interesting Wernher Von Braun Facts:
Wernher Von Braun was born into a noble family in Wirsitz, now known as Wyrzysk, Poland.
His father was the Minister of Agriculture in the Reich Cabinet.
When von Braun was confirmed in the Lutheran Church his mother gave him a telescope.
He fell in love with astronomy and became a study of physics and mathematics.
In 1915 von Braun's father accepted a position in the Ministry of the Interior.
Von Braun was a gifted musician on the piano and the cello and was a student of Paul Hindemith.
In 1925 he entered a school at Ettersburg Castle and in 1928 he transferred to the Hermann-Lietz-Internat school.
In 1930 he entered the Technische Hochschule in Berlin where he joined the Spaceflight Society.
In 1932 he earned a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
In 1934 he received a Master's degree in physics from the Friedrich Wilhelm University.
On November 12, 1937, he joined the Nazi Party.
He would later claim that his membership in both the Nazi Party and the SS were coerced.
When the Nazi Party came to power in 1933 the military uses of rocketry was of major interest to them.
On July 27, 1934 von Braun received his PhD with a thesis entitled Construction, Theoretical and Experimental Solution to the Problem of the Liquid Propellant Rocket.
His thesis was classified by the Army and not released until 1960.
By 1934, Braun's team had launched two rockets to altitudes of two miles.
Before World War II began German scientists had been in contact with Robert Goddard and asked him technical questions about their own efforts.
During 1936 Braun's team worked on using rockets to propel aircraft and in June 1937 they tested the first primitive jet airplane.
Unfortunately Braun's rocket facility used slave labor from the near-by concentration camp and it is claimed that visited it frequently and was aware of the brutality and deaths.
In 1945, knowing that the war was lost, von Braun and his team located and surrendered to the U.S. 44th Infantry.
From 1950 to 1970 von Braun and his team were at the US Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama where they worked on ballistic missiles.
On January 1, 1958 the Jupiter-C rocket they developed launched America's first satellite.
This was the first event in the American space program.
Von Braun's primary interest was in spaceflight and at Huntsville he was finally free to popularize that idea.
He wrote numerous articles and worked as technical director for Walt Disney on two films about space exploration.
He worked on the Apollo program which sent astronauts to the moon.

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