Dr. Werner von Braun, Associate Director of the U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration?
Dr. Werner von Braun, Associate Director of the U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Wednesday (25 August) visited the Italian satellite base on the Kenya coast. He was the guest of the Director of the Italian Space Centre, Professor Luigi Broglio.
NASA is closely cooperating with the Italians and is supplying scout rockets, which so far have launched two Italian satellites into orbit around the equator.
Professor Broglio conducted his distinguished guest on a tour of the San Marco Project at Malindi, as well as the off-shore launching platforms in Formosa Bay.
SYNOPSIS: On Wednesday in Formosa Bay, off the coast of Kenya, space scientist Dr. Werner von Braun visited the San Marco Project, the Italian satellite base. The off-shore launching platforms were of keen interest to Dr. von Braun, the Associate Director of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA.
Conducting Dr. von Braun on the tour was the Director of the Italian Space Centre, Professor Luigi Broglio. NASA is closely cooperating with the Italians in their space efforts and is supplying scout rockets, which so far have launched two satellites into orbit around the equator.
The last satellite was launched in April to collect data on atmospheric drag, density and temperature. The three-hundred and sixty pound instrument package was tracked by the Italian station at the San Marco base camp on the Kenya coast at Malindi. A United States' tracking static near Quito, Ecuador also assisted in the operation.
During the tour, Dr. von Braun and Professor Broglio discussed the future of Italo-American collaboration in the field of scientific satellite launching. The hosts were very interested in something Dr. von Braun brought along on his visit. At the completion of his tour, Dr. von Braun gave a showing of a film about the history-making Apollo Fifteen mission to the moon.