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Abe Silverstein

Abe Silverstein, born in 1908, was an engineer who conducted rocketry research. He originally worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and later for NASA.

Dr. Silverstein oversaw development of the Centaur program. Centaur was a rocket that used liquid hydrogen as fuel. The engines developed for the Centaur program were later used in the upper stages of the Saturn rocket that launched the Apollo missions to the moon.

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