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Wernher von Braun

Wernher von Braun was a German engineer who lived between 1912-1977. He is considered the father of the space age for his work in rocketry.

Von Braun built the first rocket to travel a long distance through the air, which was used against England during World War II. He later went to work for the United States, where he helped build the powerful Saturn rockets used to launch the Apollo missions to the Moon.


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