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Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun was a German physicist and engineer, and leading figures of the German and American rocketry programs. Once a student of Hermann Oberth, he was one of the key leaders of the V-2 rocket program in Nazi Germany. In 1945, he engineered the surrender of himself, and much of his staff to the American forces. He went on to work for the US Army, and then for NASA, including being the first director of the Marshall Space Flight Center, developing the Saturn rockets for the Apollo missions.
In 1936, when challenged that the Nazis would not be able to follow the star charts seen in the Tomb of the Gods, Friedrich von Hassell replied that with men like Oberth and von Braun working for Germany, the Nazis would reach the stars soon.