Lead: On October 19, 1899 a teenager in Worcester, Massachusetts climbed up to trim dead branches from a cherry tree. While suspended above the meadow he began to dream of building a device to escape the earth and travel to Mars.Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Robert Hutchings Goddard spent his adult years giving life to that dream. He grew up in the Boston suburbs, the child of a prosperous manufacturer who encouraged his son's scientific curiosity. Goddard excelled in basic science courses and physics. While at the university, he published an article in Scientific American on the use of the gyroscope in the steering of airplanes. As a graduate student at Clark University and Princeton, he speculated on many variations of space flight, including the use of solar and atomic propulsion and even conceived an early version of multi-staged rockets.

 

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