The German rocket scientist who was born too young to be part of von Braun’s team has died. Is anyone from von Braun’s team left?
All I can find is an obituary from last October of Rudolf Schlidt saying he was one of the last surviving members. That implies there may be a small number of survivers without giving any info on who they are or how many of them are still alive.
Jesco was one of the NASA “good guys” who understood that humanity’s future is in space. He was generous with his time and knowledge: I enjoyed interacting with him in the 1970s and afterwards. R.I.P.
I think that Von Tiesenhausen is still alive. He is about the last though.
I did the last video interview that Stuhlinger ever gave and one of the last audio interviews of Konrad Dannenberg. Learned lots from both of them….
For a second, I thought this might be about another person named Jesco. I like this Jesco much better. A far greater credit to the name.
I think the best legacy the German “rocket scientists” left us was the absolute proof of the idiocy of ITAR. The first satellite we put up and the first American in space were both done using an upgraded V-2. But everything after that followed an entirely different design philosophy. The same is true of the Soviet space experience, in spades. Their propulsion technology is radically different from the Germans’, and is far superior even to ours.
The point is that both the US and the Soviet Union looked at what the Germans had done, and did something different.
Let’s not forget these guys were Nazis, OK?
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