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Dr. Wernher von Braun

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This podcast is part of the series: Space Camp Hall of Fame


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In 2007, Dr. Wernher von Braun became the first inductee into the Space Camp Hall of Fame. This was, of course, only fitting because of Dr. von Braun’s many contributions to the space program. His fascination with rocketry and space began at an early age. Dr. von Braun went from flying his childhood wagon around the neighborhood to building and launching the Apollo 11 rocket. He dreamed of one day colonizing the moon and launching a manned mission to Mars, but, as America’s interest in space flight waned, Dr. von Braun found less and less money to fund the space program. He began speaking at colleges and universities, hoping to inspire students to take as many math and science courses as possible and to take an interest in space flight. His many accomplishments rightfully earned him the title the Father of Modern Space Flight.

Length: 04:32

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (9-12) Earth and Space Elective
12. Describe challenges and required technologies for space exploration.
  • Identifying long-term human space travel needs, including life support
  • Identifying applications of propulsion technologies for space travel
  • Identifying new instrumentation and communication technologies needed for space information gathering
  • Examples: Mars Exploration Rover, Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe, Gravity Probe B
  • Identifying benefits to the quality of life that have been achieved through space advances
  • Examples: cellular telephone, GPS
  • Identifying new technology used to gather information, including spacecraft, observatories, space-based telescopes, and probes
    SC2015 (9-12) Earth and Space Science
    6. Obtain and evaluate information about Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein to communicate how their findings challenged conventional thinking and allowed for academic advancements and space exploration.


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