Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sweet Rocket History

IEEE Spectrum presents a podcast on the Von Braun Group, entitled Sweet Rocket History. Here's the description:
They call it rocket science, but at it’s birth it was really rocket play: teenaged boys, getting together to make things soar high into the air. Originating with student rockets clubs that had sprung up throughout Germany in the 1920s, Werner von Braun’s famed research team produced the world’s first real military rockets, for Hitler, and then the Redstone and Saturn rockets that took Americans into space and to the Moon.

Von Braun’s group relocated to Huntsville, Alabama, after World War II. Spectrum’s Bill Sweet visited there to explore how the tradition of rocket amateurism continues.