Nazi Germany`s famous rocket scientist dead

Nazi Germany`s famous rocket scientist Walter Haeussermann, who was member of a team which helped America send its astronauts to the moon, has died in Alabama in the US.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010, 12:34 PM IST

Washington: Nazi Germany`s famous rocket
scientist Walter Haeussermann, who was member of a team which helped America send its astronauts to the moon, has died in Alabama in the US. He was 96.

Haeussermann died on December 8 at Huntsville Hospital
of complications from a fall; he is survived by his wife Ruth,
`The Huntsville Times` reported.

Haeussermann was with Wernher von Braun at Pennemunde,
the German site where he helped develop V-2 rockets that were
launched against London during World War II, and later formed the basis of the American rocket programme.
He joined the team of scientists and engineers who
worked on America`s space program at Huntsville after the war.

He was in charge of guidance and control systems for rockets
that landed American astronauts on the moon in 1969.

His contributions to the space program were recognised
with the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service in 1959.
Haeussermann, who became a naturalised US citizen in
1954, remained an enthusiastic supporter of the American space
programme and attended reunions and public events regularly
until his death.

Bureau Report