Willy Ley

Willy Ley, a German writer and rocket enthusiast, was born Oct. 2, 1906. As a young man, Ley read Hermann Oberth’s pioneering book, Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen (By Rocket to Planetary Space, 1923) and was immediately empassioned with the possibilities of space flight. In 1927, Ley helped organize the world’s first amateur rocket society…