Robert H. Goddard

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Goddard with his first rocket

Robert Goddard (1882-1945) was an American scientist who designed, built and fired the first liquid fuelled rocket.[1] On March 16, 1926, his first rocket reached a height of 56 m (184 ft) at a speed of 100 km/h (62 mph).[2] When he suggested that a rocket could travel fast enough to leave the Earth and reach the Moon, the newspapers made fun of him.[3] Many of his ideas, such as multi stage rockets, and the concept of escape velocity are now part of modern rocket science.[3] He has been called "the father of space flight."[3]

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  1. "Robert H. Goddard - American Rocket Pioneer". siarchives.si.edu. 2009 [last update]. http://siarchives.si.edu/history/exhibits/documents/goddard.htm. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  2. Furniss, Tim (2001). The History of Space Vehicles. London: Grange Books. ISBN 1-84013-370-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Factsheets : Dr. Robert H. Goddard". nationalmuseum.af.mil. 2012 [last update]. http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=12374. Retrieved August 10, 2012.