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Editor’s note: The following excerpt is adapted and condensed from Jonathan Fetter-Vorm’s “Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight.” The graphic novel commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the man landing, conjuring “the long history of the visionaries, star-gazers, builders, and adventurers who sent Apollo 11 on its legendary voyage.”
This chapter explores how Nazi scientists sowed the seeds for what would become the U.S. space program.
Excerpted in an abridged form from “MOONBOUND: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight” by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. Published by Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 4th, 2019. Copyright © 2019 by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. All rights reserved.