Goddard - First Liquid Fuel Rocket

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This photograph, of Dr. Robert Goddard, was taken on the 16th of March, 1926 at Auburn (Massachusetts).  It was the day when Goddard achieved the first flight of a liquid-propellant rocket.

NASA provides us with more information about the photo and its significance:

Dr. Robert H. Goddard and a liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket in the frame from which it was fired on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts.  From 1930 to 1941, Dr. Goddard made substantial progress in the development of progressively larger rockets, which attained altitudes of 2400 meters, and refined his equipment for guidance and control, his techniques of welding, and his insulation, pumps and other associated equipment. 

In many respects, Dr. Goddard laid the essential foundations of practical rocket technology.  He is considered one of the fathers of rocketry along with Konstantin Tsiolovsky (1857-1935) and Hermann Oberth (1894-1989).

Media Credits

Photo of Dr Goodard online, courtesy GRIN (Great Images in NASA).


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