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John Van Durten    (1901-1957)
    
Playwright and director. His works include "Young Woodley," "I Am a Camera," and "Bell, Book and Candle." He directed "The King and I" on Broadway. Born in London, England. Became a U.S. citizen in 1944.

         Wernher Von Braun (  1912-1977)

    Rocket engineer. He is given  major credit for the rocketry that put up America’s first satellite into orbit and sent the first astronauts to the moon. Born in Wirsitz, Germany. His rocket research in Germany resulted in the deadly V-2 (which stood for Vengeance weapon number 2) rocket and Wasserfall antiaircraft missile used in World War II. Near the end of the war, Von Braun surrendered to the Americans and came to the U.S. In 1970 he became deputy director of planning for NASA.

 


 

 

 


  As director of Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Wernher Von Braun supervised the development of the Saturn rocket used to launch Apollo spacecrafts to the moon.