Man Who Sent Humans To The Moon
By Boris Vasilev
first steps into space can be largely credited to the dream
of one man, Dr. Werner von Braun. His love for space exploration
started at a early age. When he was 12, he created a rocket
powered wagon and by 21 he started drawing up plans for
a rocket that might some day take humans to the moon. Von
Braun's dream of sending people into space however would
be put on hold for almost 40 years.
with so many other scientists living in Germany in the late
1930's became swept up in their turmoil as Hitler and the
Fascist Nazi Regime came into power. He was quickly put
to work by the German military where he continued to lay
the groundwork for modern rocketry.
work in Germany culminated the creation of the first fully
functional Rocket, the V-2. Von Braun
never agreed with using rockets for military purposes. His
true goal was to use his rockets to send people into outer
1945 as the noose was closing around Hitler's 2000 Year
Reich, Dr. Werner von Braun and hundreds of other German
scientists turned themselves in to the American allied forces.
He was hired by the American military to continue his work
on rockets. In 1950 he was sent to the Redstone Arsenal
in Alabama to build a long range nuclear missile.
1961 during President John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech
he tasked the American scientific community to place a man
on the moon by the end of the decade. A variant of the Redstone
Rocket would kick start the US space program and carry the
first Americans into space. Dr. Werner von Braun was put
in charge of NASA with the task of creating a rocket for
the Apollo project that would take 3 humans to the moon.
The result was the mighty Saturn V rocket. In 1969 Dr. Werner
von Braun's childhood dream of sending men to the moon was
realized as Apollo 11 powered Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin
and Mike Collins to the moon and into history.