HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ Walt Wiesman, the youngest member of Werner von Braun's rocket team, has died. He was 79.

Wiesman died Tuesday in a nursing home, where he had battled Parkinson's disease for about two months.

Wiesman grew up in Germany and came to the United States in 1945 at age 25, part of the team of former German scientists who helped build the U.S. Army's rocket program and NASA's space program.

The team first arrived at Fort Bliss, Texas.

In 1950, the team headed by von Braun moved to Huntsville, where the rocket technology that eventually led to the Apollo program was developed.

Wiesman became a U.S. citizen in 1954 and was considered one of the rocket team's best communicators.

``He was always a real live wire,'' said Ed Buckbee, former director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. ``He enjoyed speaking to any audience about space flight.''

Wiesman was a founder of the Huntsville Arts Council and WLRH-FM, the state's first full-service public radio station.