Relevant Pioneer Quotes

Werner-von-Braun

 

 

“For me the idea of a creation is inconceivable without God.  One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be a divine intent behind it all.”
Werner von Braun, An Essay on Science and the Christian Faith (1976)

 

 

Source (of image): http://history.msfc.nasa.gov/vonbraun/disney_article.html

1.  Werner von Braun (1912–1977) was one of the most important rocket developers and champions of space exploration of the 20th Century

  • He developed and oversaw the V2 rocket program for Germany during World War II
  • The science that came out of this program would serve as the basis for both the Soviet and US Space programs

2.  In 1945, von Braun negotiated the surrender of 500 of his top rocket scientists, along with plans and test vehicles, to the United States

  • From 1945 thru 1960, he worked with the U.S. Army in the development of ballistic missiles.
  • In 1950 von Braun’s team built the Army’s Jupiter ballistic missile program

3.  In 1960, his team transferred to the newly established NASA program and began to build the giant Saturn rockets

  • These super booster rockets would propel the US to the Moon
  • Accordingly, von Braun became the first director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle
  • The Saturn rockets would propel American to the Moon 1