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Each month, a brief excerpt from a space pioneer's oral history will be featured on this page. This is the excerpt for April 2018:
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Each month, a brief excerpt from a space pioneer's oral history will be featured on this page. This is the excerpt for April 2018:
   Art Reiners went to work for North American Aviation in 1962 and was sent to work at the NASA facility in Huntsville, Alabama.

   They sent me to Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville to work with the NASA people, to learn all the techniques of how to put cables together, and different wiring and soldering, and molding, and the various types of techniques that were being used on several different programs, Saturn and Jupiter and all that. We had everything there at Huntsville at the Redstone Arsenal. For about two and a half to three months, we had pretty intensive training in various types of things. We were able to design some new techniques on how to protect the cables when they were fired so they didn't burn in half....
   At Marshall, we had about eleven different sites we were responsible for, including the Cape, where we went down and showed them techniques. We were developing all kinds of course material to teach people how to build the Saturn I and the Saturn V. We designed the first ovens that were used to roll the whole engine in and bring it up to temperature to melt the nickel that was used to weld the tubing together for the cryogenic materials....
   [Wernher] von Braun was not a real easy person to meet, although I sat at the same table with him in the executive dining room at Huntsville occasionally. He was not a person who would just introduce himself and meet you as a social activity. He was strictly a business type person. Very typical German scientist, you know, "Don't bother me with these little things. I've got big things on my mind." And he did, there was no doubt.




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   Art Reiners went to work for North American Aviation in 1962 and was sent to work at the NASA facility in Huntsville, Alabama.

   They sent me to Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville to work with the NASA people, to learn all the techniques of how to put cables together, and different wiring and soldering, and molding, and the various types of techniques that were being used on several different programs, Saturn and Jupiter and all that. We had everything there at Huntsville at the Redstone Arsenal. For about two and a half to three months, we had pretty intensive training in various types of things. We were able to design some new techniques on how to protect the cables when they were fired so they didn't burn in half....
   At Marshall, we had about eleven different sites we were responsible for, including the Cape, where we went down and showed them techniques. We were developing all kinds of course material to teach people how to build the Saturn I and the Saturn V. We designed the first ovens that were used to roll the whole engine in and bring it up to temperature to melt the nickel that was used to weld the tubing together for the cryogenic materials....
   [Wernher] von Braun was not a real easy person to meet, although I sat at the same table with him in the executive dining room at Huntsville occasionally. He was not a person who would just introduce himself and meet you as a social activity. He was strictly a business type person. Very typical German scientist, you know, "Don't bother me with these little things. I've got big things on my mind." And he did, there was no doubt.
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