The man principally charged with exploiting the potential of this innovative propulsion system was Wernher von Braun, born 23 March 1912, the son of a Prussian baron. He would later become an engineering graduate of the Zurich Institute of Technology, Berlin's Charlottenburg Institute of Technology and the University of Berlin.
As a young boy, his mother Emmy had given Wernher a precious gift on the day of his confirmation in the Lutheran Church. Not a watch and long pants like most Lutheran boys, but a telescope. "So, I became an amateur astronomer," he would reflect in later years, "which led to my interest in the universe, which led to my curiosity about the vehicle which will one day carry a man to the moon'' .
The vehicle to which he was alluding was the rocket.
Was this article helpful?