Robert Goddard Day is annually observed on March 16. It is a day to honor Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard’s brilliant intellect and accomplishments. He is widely regarded as the founder of American rocketry and the space age. In 1926, Dr. Goddard discovered the technology and built the first liquid-fueled rocket. His successful test is regarded as a watershed moment in the space age. His accomplishment is as significant as the Wright brothers’ invention in testing the first flight. From Auburn, Massachusetts, he conducted the test, garnering him the title “father of modern rocket propulsion.”
The background of Robert Goddard Day
Flight is a desire shared by all humans. We have always been envious of birds’ ability to soar through the freedom of the immense white expanse of the sky while observing the flightless creatures on the ground. On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers took flight, granting flight to the aspirations of humans to fly. A few decades ago, it was nearly impossible to accomplish what is now simple. After conquering the sky, the next goal is to attain the infinity of space. The issue with the aircraft is that it is air and air pressure dependent. As there is no oxygen in space, flight is impossible.
Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on October 5, 1882. He was able to operate independently. He predicted that a rocket would be able to operate in space since it does not require oxygen for propulsion. He taught physics at Worcester’s Clark University. In 1915, he began working on his concept of space travel. When Goddard asserted that rockets could be used to convey cargo to the moon, he was mocked and his theory was deemed absurd. However, time taught them their error.
Goddard did not live long enough to witness the realization of his childhood fantasy of space travel. However, his work established the groundwork for modern space dreams.
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Goddard spent seventeen years developing the first liquid-fueled rockets.
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