March 16 – Goddard Day

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This day commemorates Robert Hutchings Goddard’s first liquid-fueled rocket flight in 1926. He is considered the father of rockets, having also launched the first rocket to go faster than the speed of sound (1935). Unfortunately the timing of WWII led the US government to ignore much of his genius until after his death (1945). He was also responsible for proving that thrust and therefore propulsion can take place in a vacuum (without the need for air).

~ Darcie Rae

info-links:
http://www.answers.com/topic/robert-goddard
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/236716/Robert-Hutchings-Goddard

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