GODDARD, Robert Hutchings [1882-1945] -- American inventor (rocketry) and rocket scientist
Now recognized as the Father of Modern Rocketry, he was ridiculed in a 13 January 1920 New York Times article for suggesting that a rocket might one day reach the moon.
As anyone knew, the paper explained with an editorial eye roll, space travel was impossible, since, without atmosphere to push against, a rocket could not move so much as an inch. Professor Goddard, it was clear, lacked "the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
The Times had to print a retraction in 1969 when US astronauts did exactly that -- and landed on the moon!
|World's first liquid fueled rocket, launched at Auburn, MA|
Bookmarks (off-site links)
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- Works about
- Biography of Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the father of modern rocketry A chronology, really
- Robert Goddard
- LV-1998-00114 - Rocket pioneer Robert Goddard: A micro-biography (pt 1/3) Downloadable QuickTime shorts
- NAHF Inductee National Aviation Hall of Fame
- TIME 100: Scientists & Thinkers - Robert Goddard Among TIME's picks of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. An excellent capsule summary of his work.
- Timeline: 1850 AD - 1957 Goddard's name appears several times
- Chapter 7 -- The Beginning SPACE EXPLORATION: FROM TALISMAN OF THE PAST TO GATEWAY FOR THE FUTURE by John F. Graham, 1995
- Feature Article: Landmarks in 20th Century Science
- March 16, 1926 Goddard Rocket With photo and salient characteristics
- THE THREE FATHERS OF ROCKETRY Goddard, Tsiolkovsky, Orbeth
- Memorials and tributes
- Bibliographies and Link Farms
- AITLC Guide to Robert Hutchings Goddard
- Sources of information about Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry Robert H. Goddard Library Website, at Clark University