German rocket team’s last member dies at 104

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Sources close to the rocket team say Georg von Tiesenhausen died at his home in Huntsville June 3, that’s according to AL.com. He was a part of Dr. Wernher von Braun’s moon rocket team and created the original concept for the lunar rover.

Jacksonville, Alabama – International rocket talk in Jacksonville…Dr. Ernest Stone, educator; Georg von Tiesenhausen, NASA scientist; Andrea Wolter, Germany and George Perdikis, Greece. A high-ranking NASA scientist emphasized last week the need for continued space exploration to members of the International House Program at Jacksonville State University. Georg von Tiesenhausen, chief of orbital services at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, said there are many reasons why we must continue exploring outer space. (Courteys: AL.com)

Tiesenhausen was cited as a legend in the rocket industry, according to our news partner. Among gaining a lifetime achievement award, from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, he invested in the programs camp initiative by teaching Space Campers after his retirement.

AL.com reports the German scientist was instrumental in several projects including brainstorming and designing the mobile launch facilities for the Saturn V and launching both the first U.S. satellite and the first U.S. astronauts.

No word has been released on funeral arrangements. He recently celebrated his 104th birthday on May 18.