At the National Space Society's 2011 International Space Development Conference in Huntsville, Alabama, Dr. von Puttkamer talks about immigrating at the behest of Wernher Von Braun, Eisenhower's decision to create a civilian space agency, U.S.-Soviet competition in space, and more.
Jesco von Puttkamer (1933-2012): In 1962 von Puttkamer was recruited by Wernher von Braun and left Germany for the United States, where he joined von Braun’s rocket team at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama as an engineer during the Apollo Program. He received United States citizenship in 1967. At NASA Headquarters, Washington D.C. since 1974, he first served as a NASA program manager in charge of long-range planning of deep space manned activities (flights beyond Earth orbit). He was an ardent advocate of manned space exploration and SETI. He also worked with Gene Roddenberry as Technical Advisor to Paramount Pictures for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
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