Friday, March 16, 2012

Spacecraft launchers and Robert H. Goddard

It has often proved true that 
the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow

Robert Goddard, On Taking Things for Granted, 1904

Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled (gasoline and liquid oxygen) rocket on March 16, 1926, in Auburn, Massachusetts. 

His diary entry the next day elaborated:
March 17, 1926. The first flight with a rocket using liquid propellants was made yesterday at Aunt Effie's farm in Auburn. . . 

Bronze plaque in Auburn, Massachusetts marking the town in which Dr. Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket on March 16, 1926.

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