Memory Lane: Rocket pioneer Robert H. Goddard

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Memory Lane: Rocket pioneer Robert H. Goddard

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It was on this day in 1926 that Robert Goddard launched his first liquid-fuelled rocket, at Auburn in Massachusetts. The rocket measured 10ft, travelled for a mere 2.5 seconds to an altitude of 41ft at 60mph, and landed 184ft away.
The rocket was constructed from thin pipes and powered by oxygen and gasoline. Apparently, Goddard became interested in the idea of space travel from reading H.G.Wells' "The War of the Worlds" in 1898. Wells, as we know, was something of a futurist for his day.
Goddard started with making gunpowder rockets in 1907 at a polytechnic he was studying at.
As a doctoral student, he continued with his rocket experiments and became physics professor at Clark University.
Wernher von Braun would sometimes converse by telephone with Goddard on technical matters relating to rocketry: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/ab ... ddard.html .
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