FYI March 16, 2021

On This Day

1926 – History of Rocketry: Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.
Robert Hutchings Goddard (October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945)[1] was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket.[2] Goddard successfully launched his rocket on March 16, 1926, which ushered in an era of space flight and innovation. He and his team launched 34 rockets[3] between 1926 and 1941, achieving altitudes as high as 2.6 km (1.6 mi) and speeds as fast as 885 km/h (550 mph).[3]

Goddard’s work as both theorist and engineer anticipated many of the developments that would make spaceflight possible.[4] He has been called the man who ushered in the Space Age.[5]:xiii Two of Goddard’s 214 patented inventions, a multi-stage rocket (1914), and a liquid-fuel rocket (1914), were important milestones toward spaceflight.[6] His 1919 monograph A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes is considered one of the classic texts of 20th-century rocket science.[7][8] Goddard successfully applied two-axis control (gyroscopes and steerable thrust) to rockets to control their flight effectively.

Although his work in the field was revolutionary, Goddard received little public support, moral or monetary, for his research and development work.[9]:92,93 He was a shy person, and rocket research was not considered a suitable pursuit for a physics professor.[10]:12 The press and other scientists ridiculed his theories of spaceflight. As a result, he became protective of his privacy and his work. He preferred to work alone also because of the aftereffects of a bout with tuberculosis.[10]:13

Years after his death, at the dawn of the Space Age, Goddard came to be recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern rocketry, along with Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and Hermann Oberth.[11][12][13] He not only recognized the potential of rockets for atmospheric research, ballistic missiles and space travel but also was the first who scientifically studied, designed, and constructed the rockets that were needed to implement those ideas.[14]

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center was named in Goddard’s honor in 1959. He was also inducted into the International Aerospace Hall of Fame in 1966, and the International Space Hall of Fame in 1976.[15]



Born On This Day

1799 – Anna Atkins, English botanist and photographer (d. 1871)[7]
Anna Atkins (née Children; 16 March 1799 – 9 June 1871[1]) was an English botanist and photographer. She is often considered the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images.[2][3][4] Some sources say that she was the first woman to create a photograph.[3][4][5][6]




Fireside Books presents Shelf Awareness for Readers for Tuesday, March 16, 2021
The Passive Voice: Little Platoons
The Passive Voice: A Bit More About Ebooks and Interstate Commerce
The Passive Voice: Forging Bonds at the Bookstore
ILSR’s Community Broadband Initiative: From Broadband Barriers to Section 230 – Episode 450 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast and more ->
Al Cross and Heather Chapman at The Rural Blog: Rural areas worry they’re being left behind in vaccine rollout efforts; Sackler family offers $1.5 billion more than planned to settle opioid lawsuits; Pandemic roundup: Independent druggists fill gaps in vaccination efforts; pandemic trauma haunts health workers and more ->
CutterLight: Birds of Chignik Lake: Barrow’s Goldeneye – a Duck that will Nest in a Box
CutterLight: Birds of Chignik Lake: Common Goldeneye
CutterLight: Birds of Chignik Lake: White-winged Scoter – A Lone, Rainy Day Visitor
CutterLight: Birds of Chignik Lake: Black Scoter – Springtime Courtship on a Wilderness Lake
CutterLight: Birds of Chignik Lake: Steller’s Eider
Atlas Obscura: The iceberg trackers keeping an eye on oceanic behemoths; Propaganda-Filled Cookbook; Step Inside the Dead Zoo and more ->
Gastro Obscura: America’s golden age of hot sodas; Boise, Idaho, is a sanctuary for refugees and their cuisine; Watch the video: a very springy jelly reveal and more ->




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