The sign accompanying the Goddard Rocket. It reads
A Goddard Rocket, May 4, 1926
(left) This vehicle, constructed by Robert H Goddard in April 1926, is the
oldest surviving liquid propellant rocket in the world. It was built of parts
used in the first liquid propellant rocket launched on March 16, 1926. In this
case. however, the engine was moved from the nose of the vehicle to the rear.
Other changes were introduced to reduce the weight of the rocket to 2.5
kilograms (5.5 pounds). An attempt to launch the rocket on May 4, 1926, failed
because the alcohol burner under the liquid oxygen tank was inadvertently not
ignited. A second test on May 5 also proved unsuccessful. The rocket engine
was fired on both occasions, however. Tests were discontinued when work began
on a larger rocket.
|Length:||1.95 m (6 ft., 4 in.)|
|Weight:||2.5 kg (5.5 lbs.)|
From Mrs. Robert H. Goddard and the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation