Apollo 11 got off the ground, in no small part, thanks to Wernher von Braun, a brilliant German-American rocket engineer who has a connection to Alexandria.
Grave of Wernher von Braun at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia.
(WTOP/Dick Uliano) Lucy Goddin, general manager Ivy Hill Cemetery, stands at the grave of Wernher von Braun.
(WTOP/Dick Uliano) Margrit von Braun with camera in hand, stands to the left of her dad, Wernher von Braun, after the Apollo 11 launch, while Vice President Sprio Agnew shakes hands with Najeeb Halaby, airline executive and former FAA administrator appointed by President Kennedy.
Their trip got off the ground, in no small part, thanks to Wernher von Braun, a brilliant German-American rocket engineer who was laid to rest in Alexandria, all engines running, lift off, we have a lift off,” relayed the voice of launch control on July 16, 1969.
As a result of von Braun and his team coming to the United States … they laid the foundation for the rocket program that led us to the Apollo program and to the moon,” said Bisney.
At the time of the Apollo 11 launch, von Braun was director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Alabama — the center responsible for developing the Saturn rocket and its engines.