WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – The city of Worcester launches a year of celebrations to honor Robert Goddard, a scientist and engineer, whose discoveries helped pave the way for space age.
The events are time to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing on July 20th.
The Gazette telegram reports that Mayor Joseph Petty proclaimed Saturday as "National Robert Goddard Day" during a ceremony at the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary.
Worcester natives developed the first liquid burned rocket, launched in nearby Auburn in 1926.
Petty said that Goddard's contribution to science ultimately made the space program and moon landing possible along with modern technology such as Mobile phones and global positioning systems.
Goddard died in 1945.
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