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|| Back from Bahamas (1970)
Dr. Von Braun posed for this photograph, dated February 2, 1970,
shortly after being notified that he was being elevated to the
position of NASA Associate Administrator for Planning in Washington.
Deeply tanned, Dr. Von Braun is shown wearing a beard he had
grown during a month-long vacation in the Bahamas.
|| In His Honor (1970)
In late February 1970, Dr. Von Braun was named NASA's Deputy
Associate Administrator for Planning at NASA Headquarters in
Washington. Prior to his departure, an estimated 5,000 Huntsvillians
including state and local dignitaries gathered to honor Dr.
Von Braun's years of service to the Army and the NASA Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Part of the events included
unveiling a plaque in his honor. Shown here with Dr. Von Braun
and his family are U.S. Senator John Sparkman, left, and Alabama
Governor Albert Brewer.
|| Bidding Farewell (1970)
Dr. Von Braun left Huntsville, Alabama, in late February 1970.
He and his family moved to Washington where he became Deputy
Associate Administrator for Planning at NASA Headquarters. Prior
to the move, thousands gathered in Huntsville for a farewell
event. In this photograph, Dr.Von Braun is shown seated next
to Mrs. Von Braun as Senator John Sparkman reflects on Dr. Von
Braun's career in Alabama.
|| With His Family (1970)
Dr. Von Braun and his family relocated from Huntsville to Washington
in 1970 after he was assigned duties as NASA's Deputy Associate
Administrator for Planning at NASA Headquarters. Prior to their
departure, Huntsville hosted a series of special events in honor
of the Von Brauns. The family is shown here on the steps of
the Madison County Courthouse.
|| At Press Conference (1970)
This is a photo of Dr. Von Braun, left, and Dr. Eberhard Rees,
at a press conference at the Marshall Space Flight Center in
At Annual Picnic (1970)
Dr. Eberhard Rees, left, and Dr. Von Braun were life-long
friends. They are shown here at the annual Marshall Space
Flight Center picnic. The photo was taken on or about June
|| Reviewing Spacecraft Plans (1970)
This photograph was taken after Dr. Von Braun moved from his
post as Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center to Deputy
Associate Administrator for Planning at NASA Headquarters. On
June 27, 1970, he visited the Marshall Center again to look
at a mockup of the spacecraft that would later be known as Skylab.
Others in the photograph were, from left to right, James R.
Thompson, David Newby, Karl Heimburg, Hermann Weidner, and Jack
Stokes. Years later, Thompson would serve as Director of the
|| With Dr. Eberhard Rees (1973)
Dr. Von Braun was succeeded as Director of the Marshall Center
in 1970 by his associate Dr. Eberhard Rees, center. Rees retired
on January 26, 1973 and was succeeded by Dr. Rocco Petrone,
left, who had previously served as Director of the Office of
Manned Space Flight at NASA Headquarters.
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