Stewart, Homer J.

US rocket pioneer, helped develop Explorer I, 1st US satellite launched Jan. 1958

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(1916-2007) Early rocket research pioneer, helped develop Explorer I, 1st successful US satellite. To Caltech in 1936, doctorate in aeronautics 1940, researcher at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, federally financed aerospace research facility managed by Caltech. Retired from Caltech 1980. In late 50’s took leave of absence to advise on preparation of Explorer I. After launch of Soviet satellite Sputnik I in Oct. 1957, there was frenzied US effort to launch a satellite of its own. Explorer I was sent into orbit in Jan. 1958, upping the ante in the space race in the Cold War, in which the US & USSR engaged in a decades-long quest to achieve supremacy in space. In that year, Stewart became NASA’s director of planning and evaluation. Later joined Wernher von Braun on Capitol Hill to testify before a Senate panel about the US lagging performance in aerospace and missile development. Senators urged a stepping up of the "national approach" to defense and aerospace technology. Stewart also helped in preparations for Pioneer IV, and made recommendations for planning what would become the Apollo lunar missions. SP, 8 x 10 b&w bust portrait at his desk, rocket model on desk. in front of him.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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