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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Moon Engineer Konrad Dannenberg Passes

Konrad Dannenberg, one of the original German rocket scientists from Operation Paperclip, brought to the United States by Wernher von Braun, passed away Monday morning in Huntsville, Alabama at the age of 96 [AP].

During the 1960's, Dannenberg served as deputy manager of the Saturn V moon rocket program earning him the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for successfully starting the development of the largest rocket ever built which took human beings to the moon between 1968 and 1972. He retired from NASA in 1973 whereupon, in retirment, worked extensively with young people to foster their interest in space.

Dannenberg was in the Mojave Desert when Burt Rutan's team won the X-Prize and later presented the National Space Society's Von Braun award to Burt Rutan at the 2005 ISDC in Washington, D.C. (where this Blogger met Konrad at The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center).

1 comment:

Rådgivende ingeniør said...

I will congratulates all of the heroes of past. They are still remain in our memories. All of the good that they did is still in our hearts and it will continue until the next generations. Thanks Engineer Konrad Dannenberg.