Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2019

Department 1

First Year Seminar


The fundamental research question of this paper revolves around the idea of; would it have been possible for the United States to land on the Moon by the close of the decade if it hadn’t been for the effort, influence, and work of Wernher von Braun? The secondary question of the paper is what significant accomplishments and work did von Braun contribute to the United States space flight program that consequently led to the success in 1969? Through the effort, work, and influence of Wernher von Braun, it was possible for the United States to land on the Moon in 1969. Overall, had it not been for the initiative and accomplishments of von Braun, the United States would have either made it the Moon far later than 1969 or would have never landed on the Moon at all. To clearly understand how the United States landed a man on the Moon in 1969, it is essential to acknowledge the significant accomplishments and work of Wernher von Braun during the 1950s and 1960s. These accomplishments can be categorized into two structures: decisive advocacy and leadership and critical administrative and scientific endeavors at NASA. As a result of investigating the inner workings of the colossal and herculean character of Wernher von Braun, this inquiry provides an integrative argument as to why von Braun was fundamental for the United States landing on the Moon in 1969.


Written for FYS 101-4: Visions of Space Exploration.