Dr. Wernher Von Braun, chief architect of the Saturn project, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, February 1961. NASA stamp and caption on the verso. Vintage gelatin silver print, image size 7 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (18.3 x 24.0 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Creases at all corners of sheet.
N.B. Following World War II, Dr. Wernher Von Braun, inventor of the V2 rocket, had worked for the United States Army on an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) program, and his group was directly involved in the successful launch of Explorer 1, the first American satellite, in January 1958. Following the creation of NASA in July 1958, Von Braun predicted manned circumlunar flight within ten years, and a manned lunar landing and return mission a few years thereafter. Under NASA, he served as director of the newly formed Marshall Space Flight Center and as the chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle, the superbooster that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the Moon.
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