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Wernher Von Braun Essay

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Wernher Von Braun |
Impact on Physics |
John Doe |

This report is on Wernher Von Braun and his impact on physics. We will discuss his life, where he came from, his education, and his accomplishments. We will discuss the effect he and others like him had on our lives, how they changed them, and their contribution to science. Wernher Von Braun was born March 23, 1912 the second of three sons born to Baron Magnus von Braun and Baroness Emmy von Quistorp. Born in thecity of Wirsitz, the province of Posen in the Prussian area of Germany. Von Braun being born the son of a Baron and Baroness. Wernher and his brothers all became Barons at birth, they being born of German nobility. Wernher ...view middle of the document...

As soon as he was off his house arrest, Wernher (alone this time) repeated his experiment down the same street with the same result. Near this time in his life with his grades faltering and his experiments causing his father some amount of political discomfort he was sent to the Hermann Lietz Boarding School in the Ettersburg Castle near Weimar in central Germany. This school mixed strong academics with hands-on exposure to practical crafts. He excelled in this new environment and his mother sent him a gift of a telescope reinforcing his dream of rockets and interstellar travel. In this renewed passion for space exploration the young 15 year old Wernher sent off for the book of the man that would become his mentor a 30 year old author and physics professor Hermann Oberth. After receiving it he found it mostly contained math equations, Wernher hating math finally resided himself to the fact he must learn it if he wanted to build rockets so het set in and did so. Graduating from high school with honors he set off for college at Berlins Charlottenburg Institute of Technology to study mechanical and aircraft engineering in 1930. Here he finally met Oberth and signed on as his apprentice also joining in his rocket club. In 1932 Von Braun graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on aeronautical studies. In this year is where Von Braun and the rocket club got the German Armies attention. As funding was not abundant and even though some of the members of the club didn’t want too. They accepted the support of the military (rockets don’t fly without funding). Not long after 1935 Von Braun fulfilling the national requirement for service he served 2 one year stints in the German Air force also gaining a glider license. Not long after that he had received his regular pilot’s license and followed his bachelor’s degree with a master’s degree. Von Braun completed pilot training in the Luftwaffe in 1938 where he served as a reservist. At this time in his life working for the military on the A-4 missiles which Hitler himself had deemed to be a high priority, Von Braun’s team now numbering around 80, was moved to the PeenemÜnde rocket center. A dual operation of the German Army and the Air Force the new facilities were bigger and had the equipment they need to go the next step in development. Von Braun was placed as technical director on the Army side. This was unheard of for one so young to hold this position. In late 1938 he succumbed to pressure and joined the National Socialist party and was offered a commission in the SS as a second lieutenant in 1940. Now we reach a point in this paper where I feel we must cover a topic. It seemed to be the whole point of at least 1 book and is filled with nothing but opinions both for and against the man. Von Braun for whatever reason was in fact a member of the Nazi Party was a member of the SS. He did in fact research and develop the A-5, A-4 project into the V2 weapon system. The fact...

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