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September 16, 1995
Rockets and Robert Goddard
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Centre Public Affairs Office
Robert H. Goddard, one
of the founding fathers of modern rocketry, was
born in Worcester Massachusetts in 1882.
As a 16 year old, Goddard read H.G. Wells' science fiction classic
"War Of The Worlds" and dreamed of spaceflight.
By 1926 he had designed, built, and launched
the world's first liquid
fuel rocket. During his career he was ridiculed by the press
for suggesting that rockets could be flown to
the Moon, but he kept up his experiments
in rocketry supported in part by the
and championed by
Pictured above in 1937 in the
desert near Roswell New Mexico, Goddard
examines a nose cone and parachute from one of his test rockets.
Widely recognized as a gifted experimenter and engineering genius, his
rockets were many years ahead of their time.
He died in 1945 holding over 200 patents in rocket technology.
A liquid fuel rocket constructed on principles developed by Goddard
landed humans on the Moon in 1969.
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