To this day, the questionable Wernher von Braun gets credit for most American space accomplishments of the 1950s and 1960s. He tirelessly aimed at the stars (with the occasional drops on London) but engineering realities were at odds with his grandiose plans and even grandioser rockets. John Houbolt’s Lunar Orbit Rendezvous approach eventually won out and his role in Apollo’s success is insufficiently known. Here’s a comparison.
Youtube Channel: Dan Beaumont Space Museum
Youtube Channel: The A/V Geeks
(Link updated 3/22/19 following the deletion of Jeff Quitney’s Youtube Channel)