I’m going to go for a slightly different kind of post today. It isn’t exactly about science fiction, but it sure is about science reality. I didn’t want to make this a Sci-fi IRL post, since that’s all about modern technologies. Today we will take a look at the man without whom we would never have gone to the Moon.
If you follow me on Google+ you will know that I am currently doing a history project in school about Wernher Von Braun. He was a very interesting person. In case you don’t know who he was, he basically helped found NASA, he helped create Explorer I, he helped create the Saturn V rocket and he was the one who came up with the idea of going to the Moon in the first place.
However, he isn’t all just black writing on a white page. During the Second World War, he made rockets for the Nazis which were used to attack England. Thousands of people died because of this and he never took any responsibility for all of those lives. This is because during the Cold War the Americans were carrying out Operation: Paperclip. They were evacuating any German scientists from Nazi Germany and the were bringing them to America where they had a choice of either helping the Americans from now on or going to prison/being executed.
Wernher was never a fan of Hitler’s ideology, so he gladly decided to help the Americans. For a while he was just making weapons for them but when the Space Race bagan, he proposed to the US that he could make rockets for them. After the Soviet Union launched both Sputnik I and Sputnik II, Wernher Von Braun helped create Explorer I, the first ever American rocket to reach orbit.
Later, he wrote a letter to the US President, suggesting the idea of sending man to the Moon. And in 1969, Neil Armstrong lay foot on the surface of the Moon, thanks to this rocket genius.
Just remember, that nowadays the Moon landing is just something that everyone knows happened. But this truly was a spectacular advance in technology. NASA called Wernher Von Braun The Father of Rocket Science. In a way, he was also the father of science fiction. Stories of space travel wouldn’t exist if space travel didn’t exist.
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