Wernher Von Braun Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: March 23, 1912 in Wirsitz, Germany
Died: June 16, 1977 in Alexandria, Virginia
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As a young boy in Germany, Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977)  He lead the effort of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to meet President John F. Kennedy's challenge to land a U.S. astronaut on the Moon by the end of the 1960s. As director of NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center from 1960-1970, von Braun would oversee the development of the Saturn rockets that would carry the Apollo astronauts into space. This included the Saturn V, which propelled Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin toward their historic lunar landing on July 20, 1969. His rockets carried a series of one-man orbital and suborbital missions aloft as NASA's Mercury Program (May 1961-June 1963) began America's manned exploration. Von Braun continually spoke on the subject of rocketry and space exploration and wrote or co-authored several relevant works, including Conquest of the Moon (1953), Exploration of Mars (1956, First Men to the Moon (1960) and Space Frontier (1967). His youthful fascination with rockets had led von Braun to join a leading amateur rocketry club in 1930. After receiving his engineering degree two years later, he supervised a rocket research facility under the auspices of the German Army. In 1936, two years after completing a Ph.D. at the University of Berlin, he became technical director of the research facility at Peenemunde, where he and his team developed the deadly V-2 rockets that wreaked havoc on England and Belgium in the closing days of WWII (1939-1945). Von Braun later explained his honorary commission in the Waffen SS Corps as a ploy by Heinrich Himmler to advance military rocket research. In February 1944, Himmler had von Braun arrested because of a report that the scientist's interests lay in space travel rather than weaponry. Because of von Braun's critical role in rocket development, he was soon released. Fearing capture by the Soviets as the war came to an end, von Braun and his colleagues surrendered to the Americans in 1945. For the next five years, he served as technical director of the U.S. Army's missile proving grounds at White Sands, New Mexico.
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2012 Ancient Aliens (Other), 1955-1957 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (in person), 2013/I Sirius (Other), 1969 This Week (in person), 2009 Apollo Zero (Other), 2008 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (Other), 2007 Mars Rising (Other), 2006 Prophets of Science Fiction (Other), 2003 Unsere Besten (Other), 2000 What Happened on the Moon - An Investigation Into Apollo (Other), 1995 Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (Other), 1987 Frontline (Other), 2003 The Mighty Saturns Part I: The Early Saturns (in person), 1977 Nova (in person), 1952 The Johns Hopkins Science Review (in person), 2004 Hitlers Manager (Other), 2000 Legenden (Other), 1995 The Last Days of World War II (Other), 1994 Moon Shot (Other), 2005 Die Geschichte Norddeutschlands (Other), 2011 Perry Rhodan - Unser Mann im All (Other), 2007 Sputnik Fever (Other), 1973 In Search of Ancient Astronauts (in person), 1962 The Search for Truth (in person), 1960 Small World (in person), 1957-1958 The Twentieth Century (in person), 2008 Moon Machines (Other), 1998 The Third Reich, in Color (Other), 1998 Cold War (Other), 1982 In Search of... (Other), 1963 US 2000 - Was kostet der Mond (Other), 1955 Conquest of Space (Other), 1955 Conquest of Space (Writer), 1969 Footprints on the Moon: Apollo 11 (in person), 2005 Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond (Other), 1999 The Planets (Other), 1985 Spaceflight (Other), Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (Other), 2013 America's Book of Secrets (Other), 1999 Reputations (Other), 2002 Die Akte Apollo (Other)

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