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Today is the 88th anniversary of the first liquid-fueled rocket launch!

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Today in 1926, Robert Goddard launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Massachusetts.

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To quote from the beautifully-understated NASA history page:

Goddard first obtained public notice in 1907 in a cloud of smoke from a powder rocket fired in the basement of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute physics building. School officials took an immediate interest in the work of student Goddard. The school's administration, to their credit, did not expel him. He thus began his lifetime of dedicated work.

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Kind of depressing. 88 years later and we are stuck in low Earth orbit. No Moon bases, no humans on Mars, and the US astronauts have no ride of their own till 2017 if everything stays on schedule.