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Saturn V Restoration Fund
Signature Edition

THE WERNHER VON BRAUN ROCKET TEAM

SEPTEMBER 2005

LIMITED TO 200 COPIES

 
       The 1957 launch of Sputnik propelled the growing contest between the U.S. and Soviet Union into a vast new theater, outer space. The big blow to American pride, and a shock to American security, came in April 1961 when the Russians put their first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, into orbit in a capsule weighing over 10,000 pounds. But exploring space was a quantum leap upward from developing the ICBM Redstone. Space exploration and manned spacecraft required larger payloads, which required larger rockets. The nation's leaders realized that the best talent for developing larger rockets resided with the U.S. Army's Army Ballistic Missile Agency and it's development team lead by Wernher von Braun at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

       America's interest in space exploration was growing by the month because of the Soviet Union's successes.

       The new president, John F. Kennedy, realized the need for a dramatic program that would establish American supremacy in the space race. In May 1961, President Kennedy put forth the goal of, "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth, before the end of the decade."

 

 
       Kennedy's electrifying announcement gave rise to the Saturn program. At the time of Kennedy's speech, Marshall Space Flight Center had been in operation less then a year. But the next five years would see phenomenal growth at Marshall in terms of budget, personnel and national prestige.

       The Saturn program made the Von Braun team and the Marshall Space Flight Center familiar to millions of Americans. More then anything else, the Saturn program put Marshall and Huntsville Alabama on the map. Throughout the 1960's, it was Marshall's major program, consuming the major portion of its resources, employing the vast majority of its people, and accounting for the lion's share of it's budget. Few who were not a part of the program understand the magnitude of the changes Saturn brought to manned space flight in the U.S. and indeed, to the world. The men and women who were the core of the Von Braun rocket team-Germans and Americans-signed this book with pride and hope for the future of American's human space flight program.
 

Includes DVD-V with hours of breathtaking footage (full audio)

And EXCLUSIVE to this signature edition only :

Special Bonus additional 13 Minute film showing the catastrophic failure of the S-IVB/503 during testing on the Douglas Test Stand January 24th 1967.

Includes extensive footage of the subsequent damage and clean-up. This short film clearly illustrates the hazards faced by Saturn workers during the rush to put men on the moon.

Funds from the sale of these books will go to the Saturn V restoration fund at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama.

To see the von Braun team signatories and a copy of the certificate of authenticity click here.

Special Price $200 + S&H $15.95 (requires insurance and signature confirmation)

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Due to the complexity of organizing such a large signing it is possible that some people on the list may not have signed all of the books. Every effort was made to insure that everyone signed every copy. Strictly limited to an edition of 198 copies.




 

 
 











   
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