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WERNHER VON BRAUN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/20/1960 - HFSID 27994

WERNHER VON BRAUN Signed, typed letter in German (December 1960), expressing hope that the New Year will bring further progress in space Typed Letter signed: "Warnher von Braun" as Director, 1 page, 8x10½. Huntsville, Alabama, 1960 December 20.

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WERNHER VON BRAUN
Signed, typed letter in German (December 1960), expressing hope that the New Year will bring further progress in space
Typed Letter signed: "Warnher von Braun" as Director, 1 page, 8x10½. Huntsville, Alabama, 1960 December 20. On letterhead of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to Fraulein Gerty Agoston, New York. In German, fully translated: "In the pre-Christmas hubbub just a short thanks for your letter of November 27th 1960 and your good and detailed report about my last lecture in New York. I hope that the New Year will give you and ourselves plentiful opportunities to report on the further progress in the space field and remain with the best wishes for a joyful Christmas and a happy 1961. Your." Wernher von Braun (1912-1977) has been called the pre-eminent rocket scientist of the 20th century. At Peenemunde on the Baltic, Braun headed the German team which developed the V-2 rocket. He joined the Nazi Party and became an officer of the Waffen-SS, though controversy continues about whether he was compelled or did so voluntarily. Surrendering to the West with most of his rocket team at the end of World War II, von Braun was brought to the US, but spent a frustrating decade working on medium range rockets and responding to questions about his past while the US ignored the potential of space flight, von Braun's dream. The Soviet space satellite Sputnik changed all that, and von Braun went to work for the newly formed NASA in 1958, working to design the Saturn rocket which would take US astronauts to the moon in 1969. Von Braun's hope for space achievements in 1961 would be fulfilled to some degree. Although Soviet cosmonaut became the first human to orbit the earth, astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom would make sub-orbital flights soon thereafter. On May 25, President Kennedy would announce to Congress the US goal of landing a man on the moon during the 1960s. Besides her work with the German-American publication Staats-Zeitung, journalist Gerty Agoston was the New York reporter for the German Press Agency and for other newspapers. She would go on to write several novels and plays. 2 horizontal fold creases. Edges lightly toned. Nicked on bottom left edge. Otherwise fine condition.

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