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Goddard, Robert Hutchings, 1882-1945



  • Existence: 1882-1945

Biographical Note: Robert Goddard

Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) is considered the father of modern rocket propulsion. He was a physics professor and an inventor with more than 200 patents. He is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was established on May 1, 1959 and named in his honor. He was inducted into the International Aerospace Hall of Fame in 1966 and into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1976.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Biographical Information Files - G

Scope and Contents Individuals whose names begin with G: Gabreski, Francis S. "Gabby" [Fighter pilot] "A Nation's Loss," Flight Journal, June 2002"Francis Gabreski, 83; Pilot Was War Hero," Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2002Caption for paintingBiograpical sketch from the Department of the Air Force, undatedBook plate, circa 1998, signed by Gabreski, Hub Zemke, and Jerry Johnson, likely from a Museum of Flight...

Charles Lindbergh Letter to Robert Goddard

 Collection — Box: Assorted rare collections, Box 1, Folder: 2011-06-06 folder 2
Identifier: 2011-06-06-2
Contents of the Collection This collection consists of a single item: a two-page typed letter written by Charles Lindbergh to Dr. Robert Goddard, dated December 15, 1938. In the letter Lindbergh makes the first suggestion for the military uses of the rocket. He states: "When the opportunity arises, I shall take this matter up with our own military people because I believe we should explore the military possibilities of the rocket. As you say, it is often difficult to start interest in such a radical development in its...

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