Long before the famed UFO crash of 1947, there were strange objects whizzing about in the skies over Roswell, New Mexico. There were 56 in all, each well-documented. They were the rockets of Robert Goddard.
From 1930 to 1941, the Goddards and their crew lived at the Mescalero Ranch, just outside Roswell. They constructed a launch tower, a crude control shed, then quietly went about the work of making giant advances in the science of rocketry.
Goddard was born in Massachusetts and did his early work there. He built the first liquid fuel rocket in 1925, filled it with Texaco gasoline and liquefied oxygen, then set it off from a cabbage patch in Auburn, Massachusetts. However, he soon realized the need for wide-open spaces and faraway neighbors. One of his launches prompted this headline in the Boston Globe ‘MOON ROCKET’ MAN’S TEST ALARMS WHOLE COUNTRYSIDE.
Thanks to supporter Charles Lindbergh, Goddard received a large enough grant from the Guggenheim Foundation to expand his work and move to the open spaces of the West. His work was considered the foundation for space travel.
Although Goddard dreamed of travel to Mars, he died on August 10, 1945, before ever seeing rockets soar into space