Rocket City USA: MSFC in the Saturn Years -- A Personal Memoir

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Presentation by Jesco von Puttkamer (NASA) at the Von Braun Memorial Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, 22 October 2008.

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  • Rocket City USA: MSFC in the Saturn Years -- A Personal Memoir

    1. 1. Rocket City USA: In the Saturn Years A Personal Memoir Jesco von Puttkamer
    2. 2. Summer 1962
    3. 5. <ul><li>Huntsville Happenings before Summer 1962 </li></ul><ul><li>Explorer 1 (Jan. 31, 1958) – first US Earth satellite </li></ul><ul><li>NASA established (from NACA, Oct. 1, 1958) </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneer IV (March 2, 1959) – first solar satellite </li></ul><ul><li>Monkeys Able & Baker (May 28, 1959) </li></ul><ul><li>MSFC established (July 1, 1960) </li></ul><ul><li>Explorer XI (Juno II, April 27, 1961) </li></ul><ul><li>Alan Shepard (Mercury-Redstone, May 5, 1961) </li></ul><ul><li>JFK’s Apollo Lunar Landing mandate (May 25, 1961) </li></ul><ul><li>Virgil Grissom (Mercury-Redstone, July 21, 1961) </li></ul><ul><li>1 st F-1 engine complete test firing </li></ul><ul><li>RL1- engine testing </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Saturn-I flight (SA-1, Oct. 27, 1961) – “Block I” </li></ul><ul><li>MSFC selects Michoud for booster production & RIFT </li></ul><ul><li>MSFC selects MTF for six large engine test stands </li></ul>
    4. 8. Downtown Huntsville in the Sixties
    5. 9. KSC, Nov. 16, 1963 Sept. 11, 1962
    6. 11. Weekly Notes
    7. 12. Ruth von Saurma Eberhard Rees William Lucas Fritjof Speer Rudolf Hermann Helmut Horn Horst Thomae Ernst Geissler
    8. 13. Eberhard & Gerlinde Rees Ernst & Gerda Geissler Willi Mrazek Fritz & Uschi Müller Maria von Braun & Eberhard Rees Fritjof Speer
    9. 15. George Mueller’s GEM Boxes
    10. 16. Nov. 9, 1967
    11. 18. July 26, ‘69
    12. 19. July 26, 1969
    13. 23. Wernher F. Speer, U.v.P., O. Holderer J.v.P . Lili von Saurma E. & G. Geissler

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