Monday, October 5, 2009

Meandering in space . . .

Today is the birthday of Robert Hutchings Goddard (October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945), scientist. He is considered the father of modern rocketry and is best known for his 1926 invention of the first rocket to use liquid fuel.

Robert H. Goddard was awarded 214 patents for his work, 83 of which came during his lifetime.

"The father of modern rocket propulsion is the American, Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard. Along with Konstantin Eduordovich Tsiolkovsky of Russia and Hermann Oberth of Germany, Goddard envisioned the exploration of space. A physicist of great insight, Goddard also had an unique genius for invention." quote source (1)

"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow." - Robert H. Goddard

"Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life you will have been all of these." - Robert H. Goddard

"Just remember - when you think all is lost, the future remains." - Robert H. Goddard

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