THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Father of Rocketry, Robert Goddard Conducts First Rocket Test Flight In 1930

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December 30, 1930

Robert Goddard, the father of American rocketry, conducted the first rocket test flight from his new laboratory in Roswell, New Mexico Today (December 30th) in 1930. (NASA Image)

(NASA) –Robert Goddard, the father of American rocketry, conducted the first rocket test flight from his new laboratory in Roswell, New Mexico Today (December 30th) in 1930.

The new laboratory and launch site was partially funded by a grant from the Smithsonian Institution. On this date Goddard’s liquid fuel rocket launched to a height of 610 meters (2,000 feet) – a new record height for his rockets, and one that he would soon break.

In recognition of his contributions to rocketry, which include launching the first successful liquid-fueled rocket, NASA’s Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is named in Dr. Goddard’s honor.

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