updated 12/14/2010 2:01:39 PM ET 2010-12-14T19:01:39

A member of the team of former Nazi German rocket scientists who helped America send a man to the moon, Walter Haeusserman, has died in Alabama. He was 96.

Haeusserman, who died Dec. 8 in Huntsville, was buried Monday in a private service. The Huntsville Times, which first reported his death, said he died at Huntsville Hospital of complications from a fall. He is survived by his wife, Ruth.

Haeusserman was with Dr. Wernher von Braun at Pennemunde, the German site where V-2 rockets were built in World War II. He joined the team of scientists and engineers who worked on America's space program at Huntsville after the war.

He was in charge of guidance and control systems for rockets that landed American astronauts on the moon in 1969.

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