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How space visionaries hijack governments to change the world
by Brian Altmeyer
Monday, October 6, 2014
In the midst of the most destructive war in history, Wernher von Braun was tasked with making it even worse
by developing a ballistic missile to rain down on London: the V-2 rocket. Unfortunately for his masters, Von
Braun’s personal ambitions for the V-2 were somewhat different. He saw the rocket’s potential to achieve orbit and carry the first artificial satellite in human history. But every time he proposed this idea, his SS commanders made clear (in increasingly menacing tones) that the Fuhrer wanted a weapon, not a science fiction toy.
Von Braun’s dream formed a virulent spore that would survive to infect both of the superpower heirs to his technology.
Von Braun’s clever insubordination's—siphoning resources off from the main weapons program to pursue spaceflight research while making enough progress on