8.2 – NASA’S SECRET AGENDA (7.31.15)

FATHER OF ROCKET SCIENCE [3b]

Huntsville, Alabama. July 24, 1969. A crowd of thousands gathers in Courthouse Square to cheer on the triumphant return of Dr. Wernher von Braun, just hours after Apollo 11’s Columbia Command Module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. The United States had achieved what many believed was impossible: putting a man on the moon. The picture ran in newspapers around America the following day, celebrating the genius rocket engineer who was behind it all.

“Von Braun is a titan. You know, he’s one of the major figures of the last century. And he was way ahead of his time.”

Chris Impey, Ph.D. (Prof. of Astronomy, Univ. of Arizona)

“Von Braun adamantly believed that humanity’s future was in space. He’s the greatest voice we’ve had in the history of the space program.”

Robert Pearlman (Space Historian)

Considered by NASA to be the “Father of Rocket Science,” von Braun is credited with either inventing or helping to develop many of the most sophisticated aerial technologies that exist today, like the supersonic anti-aircraft missile, the ballistic missile, the first American satellite, and the first U.S. space vehicles, including the enormous Saturn V rocket that enabled man to reach the moon.

“Without exaggeration, the Apollo program has been called “the greatest achievement that mankind has ever accomplished.” Without Wernher von Braun, we would have not reached the moon. To date, the Saturn V is the most powerful rocket that we’ve ever built.”

Robert Pearlman (Space Historian)

Von Braun’s incredible engineering feats were matched only by his all-consuming crusade to send man into space. In the 1950s, when space travel seemed a fantasy, Wernher von Braun teamed up with Walt Disney to convince a skeptical public that putting man on the moon was not only possible, but that it would happen in their lifetimes. In these films, watched by an estimated 42 million people, von Braun boldly predicted not only how we would send men into space, but also the use of protective suits, lunar landing vehicles, orbiting space stations, and even manned trips to Mars.

WERNHER VON BRAUN (WALT DISNEY’S “MAN IN SPACE” – MARCH, 1955), (video footage): If we were to start today on an organized and well-supported space program, I believe a practical passenger rocket could be built and tested within ten years.

But who exactly was this engineering genius with such extraordinary visions for the future?  Why did he believe so strongly that man could and should travel into space? And what did he expect to find when we got there?

Wernher von Braun was born March 23, 1912, in a small town in Eastern Prussia. The second of three sons, Wernher grew up a child of wealth and privilege. But while he was born into an accomplished family, Wernher’s keen intellect and unusual passions stood out. His father once said, “I don’t know where his talent comes from,” and stated on more than one occasion that he considered his son a mystery.

“Wernher von Braun was multitalented. Both sides of his brain were working. He could think about technical things and imagine rocketry and space travel, but he was an accomplished musician. And these traits manifested very early. I think his parents knew by the time he was four or five that he was very special. His mother gave him a telescope when he was young, and he looked at the moon and said, “I want to go there. I want to build the machine that will go to the moon.” And of course he did half a century later.”

Chris Impey, Ph.D. (Prof. of Astronomy, Univ. of Arizona)

Wernher von Braun grew up in a time when German science fiction authors focused on science utopian novels that often featured an idealized German engineer who solves the world’s problems through science and technology. Movies such as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Woman in the Moon also stirred the public’s imagination and no doubt had a powerful influence on von Braun. For a young man growing up in the 1920s and ’30s, space travel was considered too fantastic and far-fetched to ever be possible. And although the Wright brothers had achieved the first powered flight in 1903, the horse and buggy was still a widely used mode of transportation.

“The achievement of putting a man on the moon is something that was at the time really almost impossible and almost unthinkable. Wernher von Braun was obsessed with going to the moon and going to Mars from the time he was a little boy. And that was his destiny.”

– Michael Bara (Author, The Choice),
(Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA),
(Ancient Aliens on the Moon), (Ancient Aliens on Mars),
(Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies)

In his teens, von Braun wrote papers on orbital flight, and by the incredibly young age of 20, he was named the head of Germany’s rocket program by army artillery officer Captain Walter Dornberger. Dornberger would later write in his 1952 book, V-2: the Firing into Space, that he was deeply impressed by the young von Braun’s energy, shrewdness and astonishing theoretical knowledge.

“When he worked towards one of his goals, he would apply himself and master a subject in very short order. He’d been trained as an engineer, and doing a PhD in physics is not trivial. And he got his PhD at an age when most German students were still undergraduates.”

Chris Impey, Ph.D. (Prof. of Astronomy, Univ. of Arizona)

But how is it that Wernher von Braun whose contemporaries included such scientific geniuses as Nikola Tesla, Robert Oppenheimer and Albert Einstein was so far ahead of everyone when it came to rocketry? And what was behind his obsession to travel to the stars? Some Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe that the boy genius may have been guided by otherworldly forces.

“Maybe he drew his inspiration from science fiction. Maybe it came from his own imagination and vision of what the future should be. Or maybe it was inspired by something extraterrestrial.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),
(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

“Some sort of extraterrestrial contact might have happened with Wernher von Braun. Something or someone might have reached him and saw where we needed to go as a civilization, and gave him the tools and the insights that he needed to be able to build our way out into space.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

“Some have suggested that people like Albert Einstein, Tesla, that they’ve had this extraterrestrial intervention; that they have had access to this abundance of knowledge. And the question has arisen did Wernher von Braun? Was he also one of them? Because the vision he had, the ideas were incredible for their time.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Might extraterrestrials have chosen Wernher von Braun to propel mankind to the moon and beyond, as some Ancient Astronaut Theorists propose? Perhaps further clues can be found by examining von Braun’s connection to a mysterious Nazi institution known as the Ahnenerbe.

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