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L'uomo sulla Luna grazie al genio di Von Braun. Ma all'epoca nessuno (o quasi) sapeva del suo passato nazista

Il sito Earth Observatory della Nasa descrive Wernher von Braun come il più grande scienziato missilistico della storia. Fu lui a guidare lo sviluppo del razzo Saturn V che portò i primi uomini sulla Luna nel luglio del 1969. Tedesco, naturalizzato statunitense, von Braun era stato un nazista, ma all'epoca questo retroscena non era noto.

"quasi nessuno"? From 1965
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 7th, 2021 at 07:47:17 PM EST
V-2 and Saturn V: A Tale of Two Rockets

Allied bombardment missed coordinates of V2 launching pad, 0.5 mile from where I live in The Hague today. Two months later the war was over.

The Royal Air Force mistakenly bombed the Bezuidenhout neighbourhood | March 3. 1645 |

  • 511 fatalities
  • 344 wounded
  • 20,000 people left homeless
  • 3,250 burned out residences
  • 3,241 damaged residences
  • 391 irreparably damaged residences
  • 290 destroyed businesses
  • 5 destroyed churches
  • 9 destroyed schools
  • 10 destroyed public buildings

The Dutch suffered through a Hunger Winter 1944-45 ... 22,000 died.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 7th, 2021 at 10:43:24 PM EST
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The real history of the UK Bomber Command and the US Eighth Air Force is unsurprisingly less admirable than the usual blah-blah.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Nov 8th, 2021 at 04:27:06 PM EST
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Well. I knew all about Werner (sic) Von Braun when I was seven (thus, circa 1967), having read his SRA Lab card.

But there was this little elision, straight from the 1920s to the 50s... so I only got the nazi bit when I read Gravity's Rainbow, a decade later.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Dec 9th, 2021 at 06:46:42 AM EST
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