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Abe Silverstein

Abe Silverstein was born in 1908. He worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). He then worked for NASA when it was formed from NACA.

Dr. Silverstein ran the Centaur program. He developed a rocket engine that used liquid hydrogen fuel. The engines he developed were used to help launch the Apollo missions to the moon.

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