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Wernher von Braun's Blueprint for Space (1950s)

This clip from the DVD History of Spaceflight outlines Wernher von Braun's vision for the colonization of space. Be sure to check out footage of von Braun from the rarely seen film Challenge of Outer Space.



See also:
Wernher von Braun's Space Shuttle (1950s)
Challenge of Outer Space (circa 1950s)
Man and the Moon (1955)

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Von Braun's complicity in Nazi atrocities is a fact that must always be remembered and reckoned with whenever we consider his influence over space exploration. Whatever his scientific achievements and whatever has been made of them, each carries the taint of the corruption for which von Braun sold his soul. As human life began on earth with an original sin, von Braun's vast and unspeakable crimes lie at the heart of our tentative steps into the cosmos. What edifice can stand, built upon such a foundation?

June 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGarySeven

I'm not sure how to take that comment, but discoveries are discoveries no matter who makes them. How the knowledge came to be is less important than what we do with it, because the past is already gone but the future is still ours to make.

June 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The links below the post are broken...

June 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey Gary... get a grip. Frankly, I'm sick of hearing about von Braun and the Nazi's.

July 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNERVA

Hey Gary,
when the Americans conquered Europe in 1944 and 1945 what did they take
with them ? A history of 200 years of extinguishing people of a different race like indians, for example.
The black soldiers which formerly had been slaves died in the first line.
America had some great discoveries, too, but where did they take the knowledge from ?
American scientist admit that stealing the german inventions saved them 10 years of far for the foundation. cheers

January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I do not beleive von braun would take part in such war crimes especially when he said "We knew that we had created a new means of warfare, and the question as to what nation, to what victorious nation we were willing to entrust this brainchild of ours was a moral decision more than anything else. We wanted to see the world spared another conflict such as Germany had just been through, and we felt that only by surrendering such a weapon to people who are guided by the Bible could such an assurance to the world be best secured.”
he believed in a higher authoirty that wouldnt have let him commit those autrocities and lets face it the french have lied before they hated the french period

February 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

Don't worry Gary. You're buddy Obama has effectively killed NASA. Within a couple of years the Chinese are going to take over space exploration for us. Soon, the oh-so innocent communists will soon own space. You sure got that last laugh on mean old Werner Von Braun, hope you're happy.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterU-R-A Knucklehead

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