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A Great Quest Takes Its Toll

Our adventures in space have been a hymn of national purpose for a half-century, the many high notes of success tinged with somber tones of failure. But always...

War Crimes: Ghosts from the Past

Arthur Rudolph was one of 118 top German scientists, including his longtime friend Wernher von Braun, who were secretly brought to the U.S. at the end of World...

Science: The Will to Do It

His first rocket—pressurized with a bicycle pump and launched from a local dump—failed to fly. Some of his later models flew only too well, taking off from sites...

SPACE: Reach for the Stars

Shirtsleeved, tousled, and bright-eyed with the dream that gave Germany its V-2 and the U.S. its first orbiting satellite, bull-shouldered Wernher von Braun...

Space: Apollo's Unsung Hero

When U.S. astronauts finally reach the surface of the moon, they will land in an ungainly-looking little craft that is officially named the Lunar Module (LM)...

A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 27, 1970

IN its first cover story on space exploration in December 1952, TIME quoted Dr. Wernher von Braun as saying that manned space flight was "as sure as the rising...

THE ADMINISTRATION: Battle for Brains

President Eisenhower's first official act after he got back to Washington from his Georgia vacation last week was to sign an executive order ending an...

Letters, Mar. 3, 1958

Man of Space Sir: I fervently hope that Wernher von Braun, on reading the eulogy about himself in the Feb. 17 issue of TIME, will read farther—to the story...

People: Sep. 20, 1968

Every astronaut has to do it to see what it is like to be weightless way up there in space. And what's good for the fly-boys has to be valuable for the...

Space: Moonward Bound

Startled by the noise, a flock of geese flapped across the cloudy sky, momentarily breaking their V-formation. Below, pulsating pressure waves beat against...

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