The Greatest Scientist Whose Name We Don’t Remember

Think of scientists and inventors, and who immediately comes to mind? Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton: the names actually come quite quickly, but unless you are a student of science, a scholar of space, or a fanatic about rockets, you probably didn’t think of the name Robert Goddard. Robert Goddard invented the technology for the liquid-fueled rocket that has been fundamental in every space flight ever attempted. What the Wright brothers were to flight, Goddard was to rocketry. His first rocket was launched on March 16, 1926, and he might have reached the moon before his death in 1945 if he had built a team of leaders.

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