Herman Oberth: Father of Space Travel. With an Introductionby Herman Oberth. Rocketry, Helen B. Walters.

Herman Oberth: Father of Space Travel. With an Introductionby Herman Oberth.

New York: Macmillan, 1962. First Printing of the First US Edition. A Fine copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with just a touch of edge wear. Hermann Oberth is considered one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics, along with the American Robert Goddard. As a young man in Romania, Oberth was obsessed with the problems of space travel just as the world was engaging in the First World War. During that war, Oberth, when not working in a medical unit, conducted research on missle projects. In 1929, he published his rejected thesis on rocketry entitled "By Rocket into Planetary Space" which caught the attention of the young German scientist Werner von Braun. During the Second World War Oberth, after becoming a German citizen, worked alongside von Braun in developing the German V-2 rockets. After the war, he again joined von Braun this time working for the U.S. Army designing and building space-bound rockets. Oberth retired and moved back to Germany in 1958 but not without imagining a number of futuristic ideas including a Moon car, space stations, and a telescope orbiting the planet. Item #26705

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