What Would Wernher Do?

NASA Solicitation: Request for Information Regarding The Weekly Notes of Dr. Wernher Von Braun

"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a full collection of Dr. Wernher von Braun's "Weekly Notes," written during the 1960s and 1970s. Dr. Von Braun was the first director of the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), and is considered a key figure in the development of the Saturn V rocket and NASA's Apollo program. These notes were used to track programmatic and institutional issues at MSFC, and are considered by many historians to be a valuable source of historical data."

Keith's note: Have a look at this example: imagine if there was a NASA Watch back then .... not much seems to have changed in the HQ/field center relationship.

Sample document below

Frank's note: I'd suggest readers who are still outraged over Von Braun's Nazi past point their fingers instead at Uncle Sam. The federal government surely knew all about WVB's political activities and did their best to cover it all up while he was of use to the U.S. Army-and then NASA's-rocket development programs. It is true he was a flawed giant-so was Kennedy-but his engineering and management talents made a lunar landing in the 1960s possible. If we accept the good that people do we must also acept their human frailties and ethical lapses, for the two are inseparable. He and only he alone is answerable for the slave labor atrocities and other crimes to which he looked the other way. Celebrating his genius does not ignore his other failings, for all of us in one degree or another are human.

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