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Wernher von Braun

  • Became Project Director of Guided  Missile Development at Fort Bliss. There his work led to “Project Bumper” which gave the V-2 its greatest achievement when it boosted a “WAC Corporal” missile’s instrument package payload 224 miles into space.
  • Named director of the Development Operations Division of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, with direct responsibility for the “Jupiter” intermediate range missile.
  • In April 1960, he became director of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center at Huntsville for NASA.
  • Led team that developed the Saturn V with his team which allowed Apollo 5 to travel to the moon in 1968.
  • Helped found the National Space Institute in 1975 and served as its first president.
  • Known as “the father of space travel.”

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