Rocket Trivia: Week 2

Blast off with this month’s trivia, all about rockets, from the mighty Saturn V that propelled the first men to the Moon to SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9! Test your knowledge below and check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

Who built and launched the first liquid-fuel rocket?

Goddard and the first liquid fuel rocket
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On March 16, 1926, Robert Goddard launched the world's first liquid-fuel rocket. Liquid rockets may be mainstream today, but in Goddard's time they were a revolutionary new concept. Goddard knew gunpowder rockets were inefficient, so he opted for a liquid-fuel approach. On an icy day in Auburn, Massachusetts, Goddard's 10 foot tall rocket lifted off. It was propelled by liquid fuel, a combination of liquid oxygen and gasoline. The rocket only flew for 2.5 seconds and traveled a mere 41 feet, but it flew much faster than other rockets at the time, traveling 60 mph! Most importantly, the feat proved that rockets could be propelled by liquid fuel. Goddard went on to make many more significant contributions in rocket science, so much so, that he is regarded as the father of modern rocketry! He was later honored by NASA in the naming of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Learn more about Goddard and his first-of-its-kind rocket with this Flashback Friday blog post, and don't forget that you can see an identical replica of Goddard's original liquid-fuel rocket in Starship Gallery during your next visit. Check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

Rocket Trivia: Week 2
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Goddard rocket replica

Nice try! On March 16, 1926, Robert Goddard launched the world's first liquid-fuel rocket. Liquid rockets may be mainstream today, but in Goddard's time they were a revolutionary new concept. Goddard knew gunpowder rockets were inefficient, so he opted for a liquid-fuel approach. On an icy day in Auburn, Massachusetts, Goddard's 10 foot tall rocket lifted off. It was propelled by liquid fuel, a combination of liquid oxygen and gasoline. The rocket only flew for 2.5 seconds and traveled a mere 41 feet, but it flew much faster than other rockets at the time, traveling 60 mph! Most importantly, the feat proved that rockets could be propelled by liquid fuel. Goddard went on to make many more significant contributions in rocket science, so much so, that he is regarded as the father of modern rocketry! He was later honored by NASA in the naming of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Learn more about Goddard and his first-of-its-kind rocket with this Flashback Friday blog post, and don't forget that you can see an identical replica of Goddard's original liquid-fuel rocket in Starship Gallery during your next visit. Check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!
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Goddard rocket

You got it! On March 16, 1926, Robert Goddard launched the world's first liquid-fuel rocket. Liquid rockets may be mainstream today, but in Goddard's time they were a revolutionary new concept. Goddard knew gunpowder rockets were inefficient, so he opted for a liquid-fuel approach. On an icy day in Auburn, Massachusetts, Goddard's 10 foot tall rocket lifted off. It was propelled by liquid fuel, a combination of liquid oxygen and gasoline. The rocket only flew for 2.5 seconds and traveled a mere 41 feet, but it flew much faster than other rockets at the time, traveling 60 mph! Most importantly, the feat proved that rockets could be propelled by liquid fuel. Goddard went on to make many more significant contributions in rocket science, so much so, that he is regarded as the father of modern rocketry! He was later honored by NASA in the naming of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Learn more about Goddard and his first-of-its-kind rocket with this Flashback Friday blog post, and don't forget that you can see an identical replica of Goddard's original liquid-fuel rocket in Starship Gallery during your next visit. Check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

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