Liquid-propellant Rocket Development. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Volume 95, Number 3, Publication 3381.
Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1936.
1st Edition. Soft cover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002784
8vo (235 x 155 mm). , 10 pp., 11 pages of plates of black & white photographs. Loose in original printed wrappers (repaired at fold). Preserved in customized folding case. Little age-toning of text, otherwise crisp and clean. ----
DSB V, p. 433. - FIRST EDITION. Often referred to as the father of modern rocket propulsion, Goddard's work laid the groundwork for NASA's space program. He received financial support from the Smithsonian Institution and the Guggenheim Foundation in the 1920's. This publication represents the core of his findings up to the date of its publication. "Goddard flew the first liquid-fuel rocket on 16 March 1926. The ten-foot rocket, nicknamed 'Nell' reached an altitude of 41 feet, traveled a distance of 184 feet and landed 2.5 seconds after lift-off in a cabbage patch... Although his list of firsts in rocketry was distuguished, Goddard was eventually surpassed by teams of rocket research and development experts elsewhere, particularly in Germany. By temperament and training Goddard was not a team worker, yet he laid the foundation from which team workers could launch men to the moon" (DSB). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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