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  • History of Redstone Arsenal

    Former Brigadier General and astronaut Robert Stewart, the first Army soldier to fly in space, spins a captivating story of how the Huntsville Arsenal went from making chemical weapons during WWII to becoming the Redstone Arsenal and the birthplace of the space program. An accomplished storyteller, Stewart provides blow-by blow details about the rivalries, players and political maneuvering in Redstone Arsenal’s history. He describes the selection of Huntsville and its start with WWII chemical weapons, how the German rocket specialists […]

  • Wernher von Braun and Huntsville – How It Came to Be

    Retired Army Materiel Command Historian Michael Baker talks about Wernher von Braun and his team. He recounts the shock of the Sputnik launch,  Toftoy “on his hands and knees begging” for relocation to Redstone, Vanguard’s failure leading to Explorer 1, and the impact of von Braun and the Army on the Apollo mission and Huntsville specifically. Listen and Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Castbox | Pocketcasts| Radio Public   This Episode Features Michael Baker, […]

  • Setting the Stage for Apollo 11 with NASA Historian Brian Odom – Part 2

    NASA Historian Brian Odom continues his conversation in this podcast episode, talking about the “full stop” 20-month investigation following the Apollo 1 fire in which three astronauts died, and the impacts on the mission. He reviews the contributions of the Jupiter-C vehicle and Redstone ballistic missile programs, the knowledge transfer from Army to Marshall, Nixon’s undelivered speech in case Apollo 11 failed, and Huntsville’s role in solving the next set of hard problems. Listen and Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google […]

  • Setting the Stage for Apollo 11 with NASA Historian Brian Odom – Part 1

    NASA Historian Brian Odom helps set the stage for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, starting from Kennedy’s pledge to Congress as he doubles down to beat the Russians. Odom talks about the team’s approach to problem solving, the incredible audacity of the “all up” philosophy, and the impact of domestic immigration on Huntsville, Alabama. Listen and Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Castbox | Pocketcasts| Radio Public   This Episode Features Brian Odom, Historian […]

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