FIRST LIQUID FUELED ROCKET IS LAUNCHED
Auburn, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Ninety years ago today, March 16, 1926, Robert H. Goddard* successfully launched the first liquid fueled rocket here in Auburn.
Goddard's rocket, fueled by liquid oxygen and gasoline, traveled 2.5 seconds at sixty miles per hour reaching a height of forty-one feet. The rocket landed 184 feet from the lift-off point.
Mr. Goddard became fascinated with space travel when he read H.G. Wells' novel, War of the Worlds, in 1898.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is named in honor of the "Father of Rocketry," or as NASA describes him..."the father of modern rocket propulsion."
"(Robert Goddard) was the first scientist who not only realized the potentialities of missiles and space flight but also contributed directly in bringing them to practical realization."
In 1904, Robert Hutchings Goddard wrote...
"It has often proven true that the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."
*Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) was born in Worcester, MA & as a boy studied astronomy, engineering & technology. RHG earned his BS at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1908 & his MA in physics at Clark University in 1910. Dr. Goddard earned his PhD in 1911.
The Goddard Space Flight Center was established on May 1, 1959 & dedicated on March 16, 1961, the 35th anniversary of the first rocket flight.
"Dr. Robert G. Goddard, American Rocketry Pioneer," Goddard Space Flight Center, www.nasa.gov/