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Goddard Park-Polaris Missile - Auburn, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 12.318 W 071° 50.050
19T E 266027 N 4676460
Quick Description: Goddard Memorial Park is located on Southbridge Street near the intersection with Auburn Street in Auburn, MA
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 2:06:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMG5T6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 2

Long Description:

Dr. Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket from his Aunt's farm in Auburn on March 16, 1926. The Rotary Club of Auburn has established a park and erected a monument in honor of Robert H. Goddard. Goddard Memorial Park contains a model of Dr. Goddard's prototype liquid fueled rocket and a Type A-1 Polaris Ballistic Missile. The Polaris missle is in the center of the park a few feet away from a monument dedicated to Dr. Robert H. Goddard. The black and white missle is displayed upright in firing position.

The monument contains a plaque with a bas-relief profile of Robert Goddard on the left and an image of his first liquid-fueled rocket ON on the right. The plaque is has the Rotary seal at the center of the top and is inscribed:

DR. ROBERT H. GODDARD
PARK

FIRST LIQUID
PROPELLANT ROCKET
LAUNCHED IN AUBURN
MASS. MAR. 16, 1926
BY R. H. GODDARD

THIS PARK DEDICATED TO HIS MEMORY
BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF AUBURN
1970

A sign next to the model of the liquid propelled rocket is inscribed:

THIS IS A TRUE SIZE DUPLICATE
OF THE WORLD'S FIRST LIQUID
FUEL ROCKET ENGINE.
THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT
WAS MADE 1/2 MILE EAST OF HERE
ON MARCH 16TH 1926 BY
DR. ROBERT H. GODDARD

Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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