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Walter W. Jacobi Collection

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Walter W. Jacobi Collection


Walter W. Jacobi Collection


Walter W. Jacobi was born on January 13, 1918 in Saalfeld, Germany. On November 16, 1946, Jacobi arrived in the United States under Operation Paperclip with a group of 118 fellow scientists in Dr. Wernher von Braun’s team.

The Paperclips started to work for the War Department of the United States at Fort Bliss, Texas, in White Sands, New Mexico, and finally in Huntsville, Alabama in 1950. The team continued to work on their rocket research, which culminated in the Apollo/Saturn Program and man landing on the moon in 1969.

Jacobi spent his entire career with NASA; even in retirement, he followed the events and projects at NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Jacobi passed away on August 19, 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama.

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