Goddard fires his liquid-fuel rocket, July 17, 1929

Dr. Robert H. Goddard

Dr. Robert H. Goddard

July 17: Liquid-fueled rocked fired by Dr. Robert Goddard, Auburn, MA. Flight generated much “moon rocket” publicity. The rocket was 11-feet long and carried the first scientific payload — a camera, thermometer and barometer — all of which were recovered intact. The rocket rose about 90 feet before crashing down just 171 feet away. Despite its failure, the launch garnered quite a bit of publicity.

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~ by tellinghistory on July 17, 2009.

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