SPACE: The Rocket Dreamer

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

"Why do you ask us about rockets?" said a captured German V-2 scientist to a U.S. interrogator in 1945. "Ask your own Robert Goddard. We learned about rockets from him." Robert Goddard was a space prophet without honor in his own country. Back in 1926, an obscure professor of physics at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., he heralded the coming space age by sending an ungainly...

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