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J. Lee Thompson
The life story of the famed rocket scientist Dr. Werner von Braun, one of the most brilliant and controversial figures of the space age. Dr. von Braun helped pioneer man's adventure into space through his rocket experiments; his was the brain behind the V-2 rockets which blasted London in World War II; his was also the brain which led America into the development and the launching of space satellites.Written by
It is not made clear in this film that Wernher von Braun was an active Nazi, a party member (something he always denied, aided by his American employers, who deliberately suppressed this information in his lifetime) and an honorary colonel in the S.S. He not only used slave labor in building his rockets in Germany, he insisted on it. See more »
The 30 second countdown to the launch of the Jupiter-C rocket, putting America's first satellite into orbit, takes 1 minute 14 seconds. See more »
The quip I've heard was "I Aim at the Stars -- but I hit Antwerp and London". More V-2's were targeted at Antwerp than London, it being a major port used by the Allies during the invasion of Europe.
Von Braun's relation with the Nazis was Faustian -- he was obsessed with space travel, and developing liquid-fueled rockets was a first step. The V-2 (A-4 was the military's designation) was actually counterproductive to the Nazi war effort, and von Braun no doubt realized that (as Hitler did not). It was not a practical weapon, being expensive to produce and burdensome to launch. Few actually reached their targets; more tonnage was delivered by one Allied air raid than all the V-2's carried.
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