This 1960s black and white film biography about Dr. Wernher von Braun is presented by Sterling Educational Films, a David L. Wolper Production.1955, Braun receives his U.S. citizenship at an Alabama school auditorium (1:30-2:00). Early 1920s experimental German rocket-powered planes end in failure. A plane is ignited, lifts, and crashes (2:31-3:10). American Robert Goddard’s first launch of a liquid-fueled missile is shown (3:11-3:37). Von Braun works on a liquid-fueled rocket based on Goddard patents. The rocket is successfully fired (3:45-4:22). 1933, a German Nazi flag flies. A group of Nazi soldiers carry a rocket on their shoulders. It’s successfully fired in front of Hitler, who funds Braun to develop military rockets (4:23-4:55). Rockets are shown being assembled. Peenemunde is chosen as the test site; shown are construction and completed rockets (4:56-5:37). Live footage is shown of the A4 at its launch pad, getting fueled, ignited, and rising slightly before falling over and exploding. Hoses spray burning pieces. Rocket fails are shown (5:38-7:03).October 1942, the A4 successfully rises 60 miles (7:04-7:40). Hitler looks over plans (7:41-7:59).British intelligence is shown meeting. An air search is launched. An RAF photographer snaps pictures of a suspicious area. The photos become clear in a developing pan (8:01-8:40). 1943, British heavy bombers fly and drop bombs on Peenemunde. Germans dig through the ruins (8:41-9:27). Hitler leans on a railing in contemplation before cancelling the program (9:28-9:55). Von Braun is shown putting together film negatives of successful launches. Hitler walks through his headquarters, laughing with officers. The program is reinstated (9:56-10:25) The V2 is shown before being fired at London. Double-decker busses and children playing are shown before impact. Additional rockets are fired. London is in flames(10:27-11:42). Allied and Russian motorized division tanks roll by (11:55-12:08). Von Braun and fellow scientists drive rockets towards the Seventh U.S. Army to surrender. He smiles and speaks of this decision to defy Germany. They work on rockets at Fort Bliss (12:09-14:40). A captured V2 rocket project is at White Sands. A rocket launches and crashes. Another explodes. A third makes smoke rings (14:42-15:33). 1949, a V2 rocket is transported and worked on. It successfully launches. Photos taken from it are shown (15:35-16:40). 1950, von Braun’s team moves to Huntsville Redstone Arsenal. 1953, the Redstone ballistic missile is pushed outside (16:41-17:34). Van Braun talks into a microphone at multiple meetings, seeking support. 1957, Eisenhower is shown announcing the Vanguard rocket. Russia launches Sputnik 1. Headlines are shown (17:35-19:25). At the Army Ballistic Missile Agency Headquarters, Major General Medaris announces a satellite launch within 90 days. The team works on plans and model rockets (19:22-20:00). December 1957, the Vanguard fails to launch and violently explodes (20:01-20:57). January 1958, the Jupiter C and Explorer 1 satellite are at the launch pad. The countdown is shown before the successful launch. Von Braun makes the announcement to news reporters (20:58-22:36). He visits his parents in Germany (22:55-23:15). The Saturn rocket is shown in production (23:16-24:07).
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