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The Goddard Rocket Launching Site

 
 
The Goddard Rocket Launching Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stephen St. Denis, February 24, 2020
1. The Goddard Rocket Launching Site Marker
Inscription.  On March 16 1926 Dr. Robert H. Goddard launched the world’s first liquid propellant rocket from a point 100 feet south-southeast of this tablet on the property of the Asa M. Ward family. Erected by The American Rocket Society July 13, 1960 in recognition of this significant achievement in the evolution of astronautics.
 
Erected 1960 by The American Rocket Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the AIAA Historic Aerospace Sites series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 16, 1926.
 
Location. 42° 13.25′ N, 71° 48.833′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is on Upland Street 0.4 miles east of Pakachoag Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Upland Street, Auburn MA 01501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Village Pakachoag (approx. one mile away); John J. (Jack) Barry '10 (approx. 1.4 miles away); Bartholomew F. (Bart) Sullivan
Marker at the actual site of the rocket launch on Pakachoag Golf Course. image. Click for full size.
By Stephen St. Denis, February 24, 2020
2. Marker at the actual site of the rocket launch on Pakachoag Golf Course.
This marker is 1000 feet Southeast from the roadside marker on Upland street. This obelisk marker is on 9th Fairway, between Tee and Green," of the Pakachoag Golf Course.
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(approx. 1.4 miles away); Dr. Robert H. Goddard Park (approx. 1˝ miles away); Green Island (approx. 2 miles away); Worcester (approx. 2 miles away); The Blackstone Canal: 1828-1848 (approx. 2 miles away); Jonas Rice Homesite (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The Goddard Rocket Launching Site is a National Historic Landmark commemorating the launch site of the world's first successful liquid-fueled rocket. It is located at 20 Upland Street, Auburn, Massachusetts, within the Pakachoag Golf Course. The launch site is indicated with two markers accessible to visitors while the golf course is open. An obelisk marking the launch site itself is about 1000 feet (300 m) southeast of the marker at the "9th Fairway, between Tee and Green," of the Pakachoag Golf Course. The Pakachoag Golf Course is a municipal golf course operated by the Town of Auburn.
This marker was designated an AIAA Historic Aerospace Site in 2000 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
 
Additional keywords. AIAA Historic Aerospace Site
 
The Launch site Marker in the distance on the Pakachoag Golf Course looking south from Upland Street image. Click for full size.
By Stephen St. Denis, February 24, 2020
3. The Launch site Marker in the distance on the Pakachoag Golf Course looking south from Upland Street
DR. Goddard and Rocket image. Click for full size.
By Esther C. Goddard, March 8, 1926
4. DR. Goddard and Rocket
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 18, 2020, by Stephen St. Denis of Worcester, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on August 30, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 18, 2020, by Stephen St. Denis of Worcester, Massachusetts.   4. submitted on August 30, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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