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Wernher von Braun

Von Braun in 1960
Born Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun
(1912-03-23)March 23, 1912
Wirsitz, Posen Province, Prussia, Germany
Died June 16, 1977(1977-06-16) (aged 65)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Resting place Alexandria
Nationality German, American
Citizenship Germany
United States (after 1955)
Alma mater Technical University of Berlin
Occupation Rocket engineer and designer, aerospace project manager
Spouse(s) Maria Luise von Quistorp (m. 1947–77)
Children Iris Careen von Braun
Margrit Cecile von Braun
Peter Constantine von Braun
Parent(s) Magnus von Braun (1878–1972)
Emmy von Quistorp (1886–1959)
Awards Elliott Cresson Medal (1962)
Wilhelm Exner Medal (1969)[1]
National Medal of Science (1975)
Military career
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch SS
Years of service 1937–45
Rank  SS-Sturmbannführer (major)
Awards Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords (1944)
War Merit Cross, First Class with Swords (1943)
Other work Rocket engineer, NASA, Chief Architect of the Saturn V rocket of the Apollo manned lunar missions, engineering program manager

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
It will free man from the remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet.
Wernher von Braun
For my confirmation, I didn’t get a watch and my first pair of long pants, like most Lutheran boys. I got a telescope. My mother thought it would make the best gift.
Wernher von Braun
There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program – your tax-dollar will go further.
Wernher von Braun
I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.
Wernher von Braun
We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.