Karel Jan Bossart
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Charlie Bossart
Portrait of Karel Jan Bossart

Born February 9, 1904
Died August 3, 1975
Profession Engineer, Director of NASA
Karel "Charlie" Jan Bossart was a pioneering rocket physicist and astronautics engineer and the director of NASA. Bossart is seen as the American von Braun, and was responsible for the various American leaps in the space race, culminating with the Jupiter V mission and America becoming the first nation to land on the moon, which it did on July 19, 1968. The Bossart Lunar base is named after him.