Jesco von Puttkamer

Jesco Hans Heinrich Max Freiherr von Puttkamer ( born September 22, 1933, Leipzig, † December 27, 2012 in Alexandria, near Washington, DC ) was a German - American aerospace engineer and author. Since 1962 he was in the service of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA and was its longest serving employees.


Puttkamer came from the East Pomeranian noble family of Puttkamer (Line: Nossin; Ast: Wollin - younger Nossin; branch: Jassen ). He spent the Second World War with his mother and siblings mainly in Switzerland, put in Constance in 1952 from a high school and went to the engineer internship in different companies to Aachen. There he studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University. As a student, he wrote several science fiction novels and short stories. 1962 emigrated Puttkamer as an engineer in the U.S.. When NASA in Huntsville, Alabama, he worked in the team of Wernher von Braun in the Apollo program and calculated trajectories. After the end of the lunar program, he was involved as an engineer and planner to Skylab, the Space Shuttle and other projects.

Since 1974, he led a working group of permanent strategic development of the universe in the NASA Headquarters in Washington to plan. There he was in 2007 involved in the Office of Space Operations ( OSO ) in the leading position in the International Space Station, and since 2004 at the realization of the Moon / Mars long-term program of NASA, which was initiated by the then President of the United States George W. Bush.

From 1978 to 1980 he worked as a technical consultant for Star Trek - The Movie.

The dignity of Doctor of Philosophy awarded him an honorary 1996, the University of Saarbrücken. Puttkamer had the professional engineer diploma of the State of Alabama and was the recipient of several high awards from NASA, most notably the " Exceptional Service " Order. From 1983 to 2000 he was working as an adjunct professor at the FH Aachen. Even in the last week of November 2012, he held there as an honorary professor lectures to students.

In Germany he was known for appearances in the media and as an author of books as promoters for human spaceflight. As an advisory board member of the Space Education Institute Germany, he became involved for youth development in his native city of Leipzig. Until recently, he was in close contact with space experts in Germany, especially in ESA and DLR.

Jesco von Puttkamer died at the age of 79 after a short illness on December 27, 2012 of heart failure. He is survived by his wife, Ursula, with whom he had been married since 1961.


Science Fiction

  • The Uncanny from another planet 1957
  • Galaxy Ahoy!, 1958
  • The immortal universe ( Clark Darlton ), 1959
  • The Sleeping God (also The Journey of the sleeping god ), 1960
  • World without people (as Ralph Anders with Bogislaw of Puttkamer ), 1960
  • The time - Manuscript, 1960
  • The sixth phase, 1961
  • Electronic brains, wormholes and world models ( short stories 1952-1959 ), 1985


  • Apollo 8 - Departure into space in 1969
  • Columbia, this is Eagle, 1969
  • Space stations - laboratories in space, 1971
  • The first day of the New World - From the adventure of space to the future in space, 1981
  • The second day of the New World - The space on the way to the 3rd Millennium, 1985
  • The man in space - a necessity in 1987
  • Back to the future - the balance of the space according to Challenger, 1989 ISBN 3-524-69082-3
  • Space: a commitment to the future, in: Ethics and Social Sciences 3 (1992 ) 4, pp. 593-601
  • Millennium Project Mars, 1996
  • Apollo 11: We see the Earth, 1999 ISBN 3-7766-7056-8
  • From Apollo to the ISS, 2001
  • Adventure Apollo 11: From the moon landing to the exploration of Mars, 2009
  • Project Mars, 2012 ISBN 978-3-7766-2685-8