Sunday, November 15, 2009

Forgotten engineer key to space race success

Diane Tennant
The Virginian-Pilot

In the space race of the 1950s and ’60s, the leading voices were rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and … another guy.

Household names included Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard and … oh, you know, the fellow who pushed the idea of a separate crew capsule and lunar lander.

America wouldn’t have won the race, the Eagle wouldn’t have landed in 1969 and the Apollo 13 crew would never have survived if it weren’t for an engineer from NASA Langley Research Center.

John C. Houbolt. The forgotten man.

Read the feature story HERE.

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