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Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard was an American physicist who lived between 1882-1945. He studied rockets and showed how they could be used to travel into outer space and to the Moon.

Goddard experimented with different kinds of fuels and finally showed that liquid fuels were the most efficient. He also learned how to control rocket flight and how to equip them with parachutes so they could land safely.


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