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Family: Miscellany. Country: USA.

Robert H. Goddard was the father of American rocketry. After his experiments with liquid fueled rockets alarmed the local authorities in Massachusetts, he was sponsored by Guggenheim and Charles Lindbergh to continue his experiments in Roswell, New Mexico. Secretive, working in isolation, unwilling to work in the necessary large industrial teams required for the new technology, he solved all the fundamental problems of guided rockets - but his work represented a dead end. Parallel work by Von Braun in Germany and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena duplicated his discovereis and led to post-war rocketry in Russia, Europe, and America.



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