Space

I have been an aerospace engineer throughout my professional life. I shall have a lot to tell about the early years of space activities later on. Some of the memorable moments:

1948 My father, an engineer, drawing rockets and predicting that man would land on the moon within 30 years.
1950-52 George Pal's movie "Destination Moon"; Willy Ley's and Chesley Bonestell's "The Conquest of Space"
Spring
1957
Joining the Swedish Interplanetary Society (among much ridicule). [Article in Swedish. - 1963 list of members.]
Oct. 4,
1957
Vindication! But my mother hid the newspaper on October 5th so as not to distract from my brother's birthday.
1960 Talking to Wernher von Braun at the IAF congress in Stockholm
1961 Gagarin flight. Kennedy's announcement of the Apollo project. Visiting the IAF congress in Washington D.C. Visiting NASA HQ. Seeing the tiny Redstone rocket sitting in Columbus Circle in New York.
1962 Following John Glenn on Voice of America. First live transatlantic TV via Telstar.
1963 A letter from Wernher von Braun concerning my chances for employment at NASA, and the follow-up.
1968 The terse message for Apollo-8: "You are go for TLI" (Trans-lunar injection)
1969 Following Apollo 11 to a successful moon landing.
1970 Joining Swedish Space Corporation (seems like yesterday).
With the help of my colleagues, I wrote a chronicle of the first 25 years of Swedish Space Corporation in 1997. It took a lot of research to give a balanced, comprehensive picture, but of course it also very much reflects my personal impressions.
"First flight of Ariane 4, Kourou, June 15, 1988, Cordially, [Frédéric] d'Allest"
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Last edited or checked August 17, 2003.

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