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Robert Goddard
U.S. professor of physics and scientist, was a pioneer of controlled, liquid-fueled rocketry. He launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket on March 16, 1926. From 1930 to 1935, he launched rockets that attained speeds of up to 885 km/h (550 mph). Though his work in the field was revolutionary, he was sometimes ridiculed for his theories.

Robert Goddard received little scientific support during his lifetime. Eventually, however, he became recognized - along with Tsiolkovsky and Oberth - as one of the fathers of modern rocketry. He was the first not only to recognize the scientific potential behind missilesand space travel but also to bring about the physical design and construction of those idea.

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