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Anniversary Day

No, not mine, not the blog’s. Rather, this is something more… iconic? individualized?.

It was one of the quiet, colorful afternoons of sheer beauty which we have in October in New England, and as I looked toward the fields at the east, I imagined how wonderful it would be to make some device which had even the possibility of ascending to Mars, and how it would look on a small scale, if sent up from the meadow at my feet.”

19 October 1899, folks – the day Robert Goddard climbed into a cherry tree and daydreamed about building a machine capable of travelling beyond our planet. His journals show that he thought of that date as his “Anniversary Day”, and labeled it as such for years afterwards.

Given that one-hundred and seven years have passed, I wish we’d made more progress – we’re still futzing around with chemical rockets and trying to ride columns of fire to the sky. But regardless; anyone who has visions of worlds beyond ours has had their line of sight improved by standing on Goddard’s shoulders.

Happy Anniversary Day, Dr. Goddard.

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