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Robert H. Goddard

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard

Profession: Rocket Pioneer

United States of America

Biography: Best known as the founding father of modern rocketry and built the world's first liquid-fueled rocket which was successfully launched in 1926.

Born: October 5, 1882
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Star Sign: Libra

Died: August 10, 1945 (aged 62)
Cause of Death: Throat cancer

Married Life

  • 1924-06-21 Inventor Robert H. Goddard (41) weds secretary Esther Christine Kisk (23) at St. John's Episcopal Church in Worcester

Historical Events

  • 1914-07-14 American engineer Robert Goddard is granted the first patent for liquid-fueled rocket design
  • 1918-11-07 Robert Goddard demonstrates tube-launched solid propellant rockets
  • 1926-03-16 Robert H. Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, goes 184' (56 meters)
  • 1926-04-03 Second flight of a liquid-fueled rocket by Robert Goddard
  • 1931-06-09 First rocket-powered aircraft design patented by Robert Goddard
  • 1935-03-28 Robert Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket

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