Lead: On March 26, 1926 at Effie Ward's farm near Auburn, Massachusetts, a man with a blow torch stepped forward and ignited a contraption looking strangely like a backyard swing. 30 seconds later, the space age began.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The device which Robert Goddard retrieved from Aunt Effie's cabbage patch that day was the first liquid fuel rocket. It rose 41 feet in the air and then sputtered on the ground until it came to rest 184 feet away. The rocket was the culmination of three decades of dreaming and design by the part-time physics professor who by the 1920s was scratching out a bare living on pitifully small grants from his school, the Navy, and the Smithsonian Institution.

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