Replica of WWII V2 rocket with control station. The V-2 or Aggregat 4, was the first long range ballistic missile to be actively used in combat. This huge German rocket hurtled a one ton warhead 50 miles high and hundreds of miles down range to its target. Wernher von Braun one of the designers, became the father of America’s space program. Wernher Von Braun was one of the world’s first and foremost rocket engineers and a leading authority on space travel. His will to expand man’s knowledge through the exploration of space led to the development of the Explorer satellites, the Jupiter and Jupiter-C rockets, Pershing, the Redstone rocket, Saturn rockets, and Skylab, the world’s first space station. Additionally, his determination to “go where no man has gone before” led to mankind setting foot on the moon.