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Disney’s ‘Man In Space’ Presented By Wernher von Braun

From the 1950s onward, The Walt Disney Company provided a great deal of television programming for ABC. Over the 54 years it provided this content, the names of its TV shows changed from ‘Disneyland’ to ‘Walt Disney Presents’, ‘Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color’, ‘The Wonderful World of Disney’, ‘Disney’s Wonderful World’, ‘Walt Disney’, ‘The Disney Sunday Movie’, and ‘The Magical World of Disney’. In the 1950s, in exchange for one hour of programming per week, ABC agreed to help fund the construction of Disney’s new theme park, Disneyland”, which opened on July 17, 1955. On March 9, 1955, the show was Man In Space, where Nazi super-scientest and lead designer of the German V-2 rocket, Wernher von Braun, presented a discussion on the future of rockets and possible trips to the moon. Sputnik was still two years away and the formation of NASA would not happen for another three years. Braun would be a key contributor to the development of NASA’s rockets leading up to the Saturn V rocket that took Apollo astronauts to the moon starting in 1968.

Published on March 3, 2014