(1913-1990) German expert in aero-medicine during World War II. As of January 1947, working at Heidelberg (American Zone of Occupation). Later moved to America and becaeme an astrophysicist and popular writer on the prospects for spaceflight.
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Michels, Juergen and Przybilski, Olaf, Peenemuende und seine Erben in Ost und West, Bernard & Graefe, Bonn, 1997.
Objective List of German and Austrian Scientists, Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency, 2 January 1947.
- Awakening public interest in the United States and in Europe in manned spaceflight. - .
Nation: USA. Related Persons: von Braun; Ley; Clarke; Whipple; Haber. Spacecraft: Von Braun Station. Awakening public interest in the United States and in Europe was manifested by publication in September 1949 of The Conquest of Space by Willy Ley. Ley featured detailed descriptions of orbital space stations and manned flights to the Moon and back as part of man's quest to conquer the frontier of space. The First Symposium on Space Flight was held 12 October 1951 at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Papers read at the Symposium were published in March 1952 by Collier's magazine under the title 'Man Will Conquer Space Soon.' Contributors were Wernher von Braun, Joseph Kaplan, Heinz Haber, Willy Ley, Oscar Schachter, and Fred L. Whipple. Topics ranged from manned orbiting space station) and orbiting astronomical observatories to problems of human survival in space, lunar space ventures, and questions of international law and sovereignty in space. Finally, Arthur C. Clarke's The Exploration of Space, first published in England in 1951 and a Book of the Month Club selection in America the following year, persuasively argued the case for orbital space stations and manned lunar and planetary space expeditions, popularizing the notion of space flight in general.
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: Von Braun 1948
- First Symposium on Space Flight - .
Nation: USA. Related Persons: von Braun; Ley; Haber. The First Symposium on Space Flight was held at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Participants included Wernher von Braun, Joseph Kaplan, Heinz Haber, Willy Ley, Oscar Schachter, and Fred L. Whipple. Among the topics discussed were an orbiting astronomical observatory, problems of survival in space, circumlunar flight, a manned orbiting space station, and the question of sovereignty in outer space.
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