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December 28, 2012

Former von Braun team member dies

— HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A member of Wernher von Braun's rocketry team in Alabama has died.

NASA says Jesco von Puttkamer died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 79.

Von Puttkamer moved to Huntsville in 1962 and worked with von Braun at the Marshall Space Flight Center. He was an engineer.

Von Puttkamer transferred to NASA Headquarters in Washington in 1974. He most recently worked as a technical manager for the International Space Station.

Von Puttkamer is survived by his wife, Ursula.

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