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Transcript of Biography
May 2013 Father of Rocket Science Wernher von Braun's Timeline Born: March 23, 1912
Location: Wirsitz, East Prussia, Germany (now Poland) 1900 1920 1925: Von Braun attended boarding school. 1930: Wernher von Braun joined the Space flight Society and assisted Willy Ley in his liquid-fueled rocket motor test in conjunction with Hermann Oberth. 1910 1930 1940 1951: Wernher von Braun successfully launched the Explorer 1 satillite. 1950 The Early Years... The Early Years.... Birthdate: March 23, 1912
Birthplace: Wirsitz, East Prussia, Germany (now Poland)
Family Life: Two brothers, born to Emmy von Quistorp and Magnus von Braun "To millions of Americans, Wernher von Braun's name was inextricably linked to our exploration of space and to the creative application of technology... Not just the people of our nation, but all the people of the world have profited from his work."
President Jimmy Carter Von Braun developed advanced rocket technology and made space travel possible. The Apollo program and NASA worked with Wernher von Braun to achieve the goal of going to the moon. 1960 1952: Wernher von Braun became a legal citizen of the United States. 1970 1980 1990 The Adult Years... Interesting Childhood Anecdote:
When Wernher von Braun went to school, he failed in mathematics, physics and science. Von Braun did not let this be an obstacle, he taught himself these difficult subjects. Education: Studied engineering at Technical University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, and ETH Zurich
Occupations: Chief scientist and engineer in Peenemünde and Huntsville, Alabama
Family Life: Married Maria Luise von Quistorp and had three children Interesting Anecdote:
Wernher von Braun worked together with NASA and the Apollo program to send humankind into space. Struggle #1 Wernher von Braun faced the struggle of stabilizing the A-1 (aggregat). The rocket would go offcourse when launched and crash. Von Braun overcame this problem by stabilizing the A-1 with a gyroscope. He still had problems stabilizing the A-2 and A-3, but soon learned more about stabilization technology. Struggle #2 Struggle #3 Von Braun had problems with liquid fuel injections in the rocket. Before von Braun became familiar with the gyroscope, the rocket spun itself on its axis in order to gain stability. This caused problems with the fuel injection system because it would go everywhere in the combustion chamber and not ignite. He solved this issue by infusing the fuel at the top of the combustion chamber. This worked better but still made trouble. Von Braun then used the gyroscope to stabilize the rocket so it would not spin on its axis. 1977: Von Braun died in Virginia on June 6, 1977. Contributions & Accomplishments!! Contribution #1 Wernher von Braun made Huntsville, Alabama, the "Rocket City". Without von Braun Huntsville would not be famous and advanced in technology. Contribution #2 Accomplishment #1 Von Braun is famous for sending the great Saturn V Rocket to the moon. Accomplishment #2 Wernher von Braun is also known for launching the Explorer 1 satellite, the first satellite that was sent into Earth's orbit. Interesting Factoids Von Braun got inspiration of science fiction books and developed auto didactically mathematical formulas and physics equations. Wernher von Braun did not support the Nazi ideas but had work under the political situation to achieve his dreams of technology. Wernher von Braun learned that the rockets could be used as weapons while developing rockets for space. Final Remarks Died: June 16, 1977
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Reason: Cancer Wernher von Braun had a enormous influence on humankind. Without him we would not have been to space, no GPS systems, no satellites, no instant communications, and many other things. Sources Moser, Diane, and Ray Spangenburg. Wernher von Braun. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1995. Print.
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Payne, Charles. Wernher von Braun and the Saving of Huntsville Arsenal. Rocket City Space Pioneers, n.d. Web. 14 May 2013. 1932: He went to a rocket air field with another group of scientists to build rockets. 1945: Wernher von Braun and his entire rocket team surrendered to the United States. 1969: The Saturn V rocket lifts off successfully shooting for the moon. 1944: Wernher von Braun developed the A-4 or V-2 rocket/weapon. The V-2 would have been devastating if added an atomic warhead. Von Braun struggled greatly with the German political system and to be misused for creating weapons. To succeed easily, an advantage was to follow the Nazi ideas. His interest was rocket technology, while Hitler wanted weapons. Von Braun considered the developments in Peenemünde mainly as scientific research rather than weapon production. Von Braun and his ideas meant a lot to society. Without him, the world would not have satellites, GPS, and many other things. He built the basic layers for space technology. Dr. Wernher von Braun is in his office, with an artist's concept of a lunar lander in background and models of Mercury-Redstone, Juno, and Saturn I. The Saturn V rocket The launch of Explorer 1 The Hubble Space Telescope Inside a rocket Two gyroscopes in rocket engine Von Braun at his desk at Marshall Space Flight Center in May 1964, with models of the Saturn rocket family. Wernher with his two brothers: Sigismund (left) and Magnus. Chief of the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama Apollo 11 landed successfully on the moon.