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Moonandback Interview With Jesco von Puttkamer, part 3 – To Put A Man On The Moon

Dr. von Puttkamer provides fascinating glimpses into America’s space history. In this third segment of his interview he talks about life at Redstone Arsenal and the evolution of computational capacity – from adding machines to punch cards, the leadership abilities of Werner von Braun, the success of the Saturn V program and the human failures that led to Apollo’s tragedies. And he finishes by talking about how the U.S. and Russian space agencies made the necessary compromises to enable their teams to work together, first on Mir then on the ISS.

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One Response to “Moonandback Interview With Jesco von Puttkamer, part 3 – To Put A Man On The Moon”

  1. My second-favorite JVP. In 1962 he left Germany for the United States, where he joined Wernher von Braun’s rocket team at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama as an engineer during the Apollo Program. He received Un…ited States citizenship in 1967. At NASA Headquarters, Washington D.C. since 1974, he first served as a NASA program manager in charge of long-range planning of deep space manned activities (flights beyond Earth orbit) and he is an ardent advocate of manned space exploration and SETI. He also worked with Gene Roddenberry as Technical Advisor to Paramount Pictures for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), contributing, among other things, the hypothetical theory behind the faster-than-light space warp drive …

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