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Late 1970's

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Dr. Von Braun posed for this photograph, 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.
Dr. Von Braun was named NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator for Planning at NASA Headquarters in Washington. 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  to Dr. Von Braun 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.
Dr. Von Braun and his family relocated from Huntsville to Washington 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.
Dr. Von Braun and Dr. Eberhard Rees, at a press conference held at MSFC 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 1970.
Dr. Eberhard Rees and Dr. Von Braun at MSFC Picnic

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 27, 1970.

Dr. Von Braun Reviewing Spacecraft Plans 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 Marshall Center.
Dr. Von Braun with Dr. Eberhard Rees 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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