NASA made great use of these German engineers, and they helped us tremendously.
Oscar Holderer, believed to be the last member of the post-WW2 German team whose rocket took US astronauts to the Moon, dies at 95.
Operation Paperclip was a US program after WW2 that brought over a lot of researchers and engineers from Nazi Germany, many of whom ended up working on America’s space efforts.
Holderer was one of these engineers, following Verner von Braun into the NASA program. Only 26 when he came to the US, he set up the first space tunnel in America.
He later designed and supervised the construction of the wind tunnel that was used for the Apollo program. And he still had a strong role in the NASA facilities in Alabama after he retired.
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