16 March…

A big step towards space travel happened today in 1926. Robert H Goddard successfully launched the worlds first liquid fuelled rocket in Auburn Massachusetts.

Travelling at a speed of 60mph and reaching heights of 41 feet, the rocket, which was constructed out of thin pipes and stood at 10 feet tall, was the first rocket to be fuelled by liquid oxygen and gasoline.

As a child, Goddard was fascinated with the possibility of space travel after reading War of the Worlds’ novel, written by H.G Wells. After becoming a physics professor at Clark University, he was able to prove that rockets can move forwards in space.

Goddard died in 1945, and whilst he did not live long enough to see man land on the moon, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre is named in his honour.

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