The father of the American space program died this day, June 16, 1977. He developed the famed V-2 rocket for Germany before immigrating to the U.S., where in 1958, he launched America's first satellite. He became the director of NASA, the U.S. guided-missile program and founded the National Space Institute. His name was Wernher von Braun, who stated: "The laws of nature that enable us to fly to the Moon also enable us to destroy our home planet. ... The guidelines of what we ought to do are furnished in the moral law of God."