Yr12Physics - Scientist Study - Robert Goddard

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      _Identify dad sources, gather, and analyse and present information   on the contribution of Goddard to the development of space   exploration_
    Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American professor and physicist, born in 1882 and died in 1945 at the age of 63. By the age of 34, Goddard received his Ph.D. in physics at Clark University. He is historically famous as one of the three most prominent pioneers of rocket and space flight theory.
{draw:frame} Goddard comprehended the relationship between space flight and the potential of missiles, and was able to demonstrate this connection practically. Through this he was the first scientist to derive and establish the fundamental principles of rocket propulsion [2].
In 1912 he developed current understanding of the nature of rockets in space by proving that in the vacuum of space, rockets would still be able to function. Previously in the year, Goddard had investigated the use of rocket propulsion to reach high altitudes with mathematical and practical data [2].
{draw:frame} In Massachusetts, 1926, Goddard’s experiment testing the launch of a liquid propelled rocket was a success [4]. This rocket was initially set up in the open field of a farm, and within the first few seconds of ignition, the rocket sat motionless before skyrocketing towards the sky at approximately 60mph. This was a historical moment for Goddard, seeing that the rocket managed to reach a greater flight time than any other previous liquid fuelled rocket [3].
In 1929, Goddard was the first scientist to launch scientific equipment such as a barometer and camera amid the rocket in flight. Nearing the end of the year he made a breakthrough achievement, whereby he constructed a rocket which had the ability to exceed the speed of sound. Adjacent to this model he also constructed another rocket with fin-stabilised steering [2].
Continuing into 1932, Goddard’s passion and fascination towards...