June 3, 1960 – Hermann Oberth letter, writes about

Rocket pioneer, designer of the lunar rover, writes about German rocket scientists and space flight ten months before Yuri Gagarin’s flight.


H. Oberth
Nürnberg, Germany

1960 June 3

To H. Keith Thompson
New York City

Unfortunately, I can answer your letter of February 13, 1960 only to day. The German scientists who developped (sic) in Peenemünde the V2, always had in mind to develop also the spaceflight, and at all their planning they they (sic) visualized to work so, that their results could be used also for a future space technique and give the dates needed for atsronautics (sic), although in Germany officially never was worked or set time objectives for that. Regarding the financial situation of to day, I may advise against an independent satellite programm (sic) in West Germany, French France or England. But I can imagine a collaboration between the USA and these states, so that also European contractors will be employed for space techniques.

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~ by tellinghistory on June 3, 2007.

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