Spaceflight Pioneer: Robert Goddard's 1930s Rocket Experiments
Born in 1882 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Dr. Robert Goddard created the world's first flying, liquid-fuel rocket by 1926 and made many other pioneering contributions to rocket technology. Later, his name would grace NASA's first space flight center - the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Goddard earned his doctorate and carried out rocket experiments at Clark University in Massachusetts. Funding from the Smithsonian Institute and the Guggenheim foundation allowed him to leave basement labs in Massachusetts for New Mexico. This silent video from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum includes sounding rocket experiments conducted by Goddard in the New Mexico desert in the 1930s. To learn more about the life of Robert Goddard and his influence on present-day spaceflight, read a Tech Briefs Q&A with writer Rob Garner, Office of Communications, NASA Goddard.