Nebel, Rudolf

Early German rocketry & space flight advocate

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(1894 -1978) Rocketry and spaceflight advocate active in Germany's amateur rocket group Verein für Raumschiffahrt (VfR - "Spaceflight Society") in the 30s and in rebuilding German rocketry following WW II. An engineer, he was an early member of the VfR and assisted with Hermann Oberth's failed publicity stunt on behalf of the group to launch a rocket at the premiere of Fritz Lang's film Frau im Mond (“Woman in the Moon”). Nebel acted as the group's spokesperson, organizing donation of materials from various businesses, and negotiating with the Berlin municipal council for use of a disused ammunition dump for the VfR's launchsite (Raketenflugplatz). Opposed militarization of rocketry, and refused to join German Army rocket team under Capt. Walter Dornberger that was taken up by Wernher von Braun and Klaus Riedel. Von Braun tried during the War to have Nebel join, but the SS regarded him as untrustworthy. After WW II, Nebel quickly encouraged Germany to recommence rocket research. Participated in first meetings of International Astronautical Federation, held 1951 public lecture in Cuxhaven that led to old military base being re-opened for rocket launching until mid 60s. 6 x 4 SP, 1970 German “Astrophilatelie-Schau” bust portrait photograph wearing an honors chain necklace & rosette; on verso he has written in German (translated): “There is no stronger power of nature than an idea whose time has come!”

Condition: Very Good
Type:Signed Photograph & Quotation






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