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Wernher Von Braun: Out of the Fire, the Stars / Edition 2

Wernher Von Braun: Out of the Fire, the Stars / Edition 2

by Ray Spangenburg, Diane Kit MoserRay Spangenburg


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Wernher von Braun recounts the life and work of the acclaimed rocket scientist who supervised the development of the powerful rockets used by Apollo astronauts to reach the Moon. Controversy surrounds von Braun's work in Germany during World War II, and this revised edition examines some of the issues brought to light by the availability of formerly top-secret documents: for example, the significance of his statements to the U.S Army concerning his wartime career as a V-2 rocket builder and his membership in the Nazi Party and position as an SS officer. Von Braun's contributions to rocket technology, however, made him one of the most important rocket developers and champions of space exploration during the period between the 1930s and the 1970s.

Wernher von Braun includes more than 30 photographs and line illustrations, a glossary, a chronology, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index. Makers of Modern Science is an essential set for students, teachers, and general readers that provides a factual look at the lives and outstanding contributions of prominent scientists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816061792
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/28/2008
Series: Makers of Modern Science Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,243,723
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     xvii
Runaway Rockets, Stars, and Space     1
Early Musical Talent     1
1920s Berlin     2
Wellspring of Science     4
Beyond Earth's Atmosphere     9
Rocket Weapons in Eighteenth-Century Warfare     10
How Do Rockets Work?     11
Rockets That Reach Out to Space     13
Robert Goddard: Pioneer Rocketeer     14
Hermann Oberth     15
"Help Create the Spaceship!"     17
Cutting-Edge Amateur Rocketry     18
Willy Ley (1906-1969): The VfR Voice     19
Space Travel at the Movies     21
The VfR Keeps Advancing     24
Experiments: Can Humans Survive Space Travel?     25
Rocket Engineer for the German Army     29
Dornberger's Agenda     30
Spotty Results, Stellar Know-how     31
Opportunity Knocks     33
Building and Testing Real Rockets     34
Growth of Nazi Power     39
Airplanes Powered by Rockets     40
Grazing the Edges of Space     43
The Case for Peenemunde     45
A-3: High Hopes Frustrated     47
A-4: Even Higher     48
Hitler Visits     52
Adolf Hitler: Monster Unleashed     52
A "Secret Weapon" for War     54
Peenemunde's Last Days     59
Night of Fire     60
Setbacks for the A-4 Rocket     62
Production and Secrecy Mount     64
Horrors at Mittelwerke Factory     65
Dreaded Knock in the Night     67
Bigger and Better Rockets     69
Von Braun's Conscience     70
Operation Paperclip     73
Darkening Dangers from Within     74
Chess Game with Fate     75
Seeking Capture     78
Initiating "Paperclip"     79
Walter Dornberger's Deal     80
V-2s in the United States     81
The Rocket Team Arrives     83
Family Roots     85
Paperclip: Wise or Unwise?     86
Building V-2s in White Sands     88
Passports to the Future     90
Prophet of the Space Age     93
Raising Public Interest: Collier's Magazine     95
Enter Walt Disney     97
I Aim at the Stars      98
Huntsville Becomes Rocket City     101
Sputnik: The Space Race Is On     101
Waiting on the Back Burner     102
At Home in Alabama     103
"The Team" at Work     103
Vanguard's Day     105
The Team's Success     107
Sputnik and the Spotlight on Space     109
The Next Move     110
Going to the Moon     110
Success: Saturn Soars and the Eagle Lands     115
The Job: Design, Build, Test     115
Saturn: Rocket Giant     118
Redundancy: Making Sure     120
Going to the Moon: The Reality, Apollo 11     121
Next Stop, Mars?     125
Washington, D.C.: A Cool Welcome     126
Voyage to Mars: Unfulfilled Vision     127
Paine: An Ally Lost     128
Final Days: Spirited to the Last     130
Wernher von Braun's Gift     133
Conclusion: Weighing Human Tragedy     137
Chronology     141
Glossary     145
Further Resources     149
Index     157

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