Roswell in Chaves County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard
in memory of
Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard
who here laid the foundations
for the science of rocket
propulsion. He used this tower
from 1930 to 1942 for launching
liquid propellant rockets,
to develop a means for exploring
[inscribed around tower exhibit]
As I looked toward the fields at the east, I imagined how wonderful it would be to make some device which had even the possibility of ascending to Mars, and how it would look on a small scale, if sent up from the meadow at my feet.
~Robert H. Goddard, 1927
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Exploration • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1930.
Location. 33° 24.263′ N, 104° 31.381′ W. Marker is in Roswell, New Mexico, in Chaves County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 285 and West 11th Street, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 285. Marker, launch tower, and Robert Goddard statue are on exhibit beside the sidewalk at the Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1011 North Richardson Avenue, Roswell NM 88201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. De Bremond Athletic Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Iron Cross (approx. 0.2 miles away); Willson Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lea Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hagerman Barracks (approx. 0.4 miles away); N.M. 200th Coast Artillery AA Regt. (approx. half a mile away); Chaves County Gulf War Monument (approx. half a mile away); Continental Oil Company Station 1 (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roswell.
Also see . . .
1. Dr. Robert H. Goddard, American Rocketry Pioneer. Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) is considered the father of modern rocket propulsion. A physicist of great insight, Goddard also had a unique genius for invention. By 1926, Goddard had constructed and successfully tested the first rocket using liquid fuel. Indeed, the flight of Goddard’s rocket on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts, was as significant to history as that of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk. (Submitted on March 1, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Goddard Rocket. His first liquid-fueled rocket burned liquid oxygen and gasoline, rose 41 feet and traveled 184 feet with a top speed of 60 mph. Over the (Submitted on March 1, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Robert Goddard: A Man and His Rocket. In 1930, Goddard and a small crew of workers moved to New Mexico to continue his research in seclusion. Goddard died on Aug. 10, 1945, holding 214 patents in rocketry but having received little attention for his propulsion research. When American rocket scientists began to earnestly prepare for space exploration, they discovered it was almost impossible to build a rocket or launch a satellite without acknowledging the work of Goddard. (Submitted on March 1, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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