Ten fun facts about Wernher Von Braun

Fact 1
Since he was one of the leaders in developing rocket technology, he is often referred to as the "father of rocket science".

Fact 2
As a boy, he detonated a toy wagon covered in fireworks in a public street after his interest was sparked by rocket-propelled cars.

Fact 3
He initially wanted to become a composer. He learned the cello and piano and could recite Beethoven and Bach from memory.

Fact 4
In 1925 when he attended boarding school, he did not excel in mathematics or physics.

Fact 5
Known as a ladies man, he was often seen during the evenings with a woman on each arm.

Fact 6
He did marry in 1947, but it was his first cousin on his mother's side.

Fact 7
Though he joined the Nazi Party in 1939, he claimed it had nothing to do with political activity.

Fact 8
In 1955, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America.

Fact 9
In the V-2 rocket factory, there were many concentration camp prisoners as slave laborers, but von Braun said he had never witnessed any brutality or deaths.

Fact 10
He and his brother surrendered to the Americans in 1945.

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A German rocket engineer and space architect.