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WERNHER VON BRAUN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/01/1964 - HFSID 132085

WERNHER VON BRAUN Wernher von Braun types a letter of thanks for the note. Typed Letter Signed: "Wernher von Braun" as Director of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, 1p, 5¼x8. Huntsville, Alabama, 1964 July 1.

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WERNHER VON BRAUN
Wernher von Braun types a letter of thanks for the note.
Typed Letter Signed: "Wernher von Braun" as Director of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, 1p, 5¼x8. Huntsville, Alabama, 1964 July 1. On letterhead of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Meldau, Los Angeles, California. In full: "Thank you for your recent thoughtful note extending good wishes to my family and me. We appreciate your kindness and wish you much happiness in the years to come. Sincerely yours," As a young boy in Germany, Wernher Von Braun (1912-1977) looked up at the Moon and dreamed of the day when man would set foot on the lunar surface. This vision would become his life's work. 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. Lightly creased with folds not at signature. Fine condition.

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