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    Important Scientific Books: The Richard Green Library

    17 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 148

    GODDARD, Robert H. Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, March 16, 1936.

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    GODDARD, Robert H. Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, March 16, 1936.

    8o. 11 photographic plates. Original printed wrappers (very minor wear along edges).

    FIRST EDITION. Goddard launched the first liquid-fuel rocket on 16 March 1926 near Auburn, Mass. The ten-foot rocket, nicknamed "Nell" reached an altitude of 41 feet, traveled a distance of 184 feet and landed 2.5 seconds after lift-off in a cabbage patch. "Although his list of firsts in rocketry was distuguished, Goddard was eventually surpassed by teams of rocket research and development experts elsewhere, particularly in Germany. By temperament and training Goddard was not a team worker, yet he laid the foundation from which team workers could launch men to the moon" (DSB). This paper was published as part of Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, volume 95, no. 3.


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