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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. …

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


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    • 1. Rocket City USA: In the Saturn Years A Personal Memoir Jesco von Puttkamer
    • 2. Summer 1962
    • 3.  
    • 4.  
    • 5.
      • Huntsville Happenings before Summer 1962
      • Explorer 1 (Jan. 31, 1958) – first US Earth satellite
      • NASA established (from NACA, Oct. 1, 1958)
      • Pioneer IV (March 2, 1959) – first solar satellite
      • Monkeys Able & Baker (May 28, 1959)
      • MSFC established (July 1, 1960)
      • Explorer XI (Juno II, April 27, 1961)
      • Alan Shepard (Mercury-Redstone, May 5, 1961)
      • JFK’s Apollo Lunar Landing mandate (May 25, 1961)
      • Virgil Grissom (Mercury-Redstone, July 21, 1961)
      • 1 st F-1 engine complete test firing
      • RL1- engine testing
      • 1 st Saturn-I flight (SA-1, Oct. 27, 1961) – “Block I”
      • MSFC selects Michoud for booster production & RIFT
      • MSFC selects MTF for six large engine test stands
    • 6.  
    • 7.  
    • 8. Downtown Huntsville in the Sixties
    • 9. KSC, Nov. 16, 1963 Sept. 11, 1962
    • 10.  
    • 11. Weekly Notes
    • 12. Ruth von Saurma Eberhard Rees William Lucas Fritjof Speer Rudolf Hermann Helmut Horn Horst Thomae Ernst Geissler
    • 13. Eberhard & Gerlinde Rees Ernst & Gerda Geissler Willi Mrazek Fritz & Uschi Müller Maria von Braun & Eberhard Rees Fritjof Speer
    • 14.  
    • 15. George Mueller’s GEM Boxes
    • 16. Nov. 9, 1967
    • 17.  
    • 18. July 26, ‘69
    • 19. July 26, 1969
    • 20.  
    • 21.  
    • 22.  
    • 23. Wernher F. Speer, U.v.P., O. Holderer J.v.P . Lili von Saurma E. & G. Geissler
    • 24.  
    • 25.