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Tuesday December 31st, 2013

Launch Pad Lecture: Goddard before New Mexico

Will Work For Rocket Fuel: Goddard before New Mexico

Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday January 3

IMAGE: Dr. Robert H. Goddard and a liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket in the frame from which it was fired on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

Dr. Robert H. Goddard and a liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket in the frame from which it was fired on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - This Friday, January 3, discover what drove Robert Goddard to become the Father of Modern Rocketry and learn just how he managed to wind up on a ranch in Roswell, New Mexico. The Launch Pad Lecture Series at the New Mexico Museum of Space History starts off the New Year with one of the state’s most well-known rocketeers and a special guest speaker, Mr. William Siders of the Roswell Museum and Art Center. The presentation begins at 9:00 am on the first floor of the museum and admission is free to the public. Complimentary coffee and donuts will be served.

The next lecture will be on Friday, February 7, and the topic will be The Next Men on The Moon, an overview of the Chinese space program. Did you know that China currently has a rover on the moon named Yutu. The name means “Jade Rabbit” and comes from an ancient Chinese myth about a white rabbit which lives on the moon as the pet of Chang’e, a lunar goddess who swallowed an immortality pill. The Jade Rabbit is the first robot that has landed on the moon in nearly 40 years. The speaker for this program will be New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll.

The Roswell Museum and Art Center was founded in 1935 and opened its doors for the first time in 1937, deriving its initial support from the WPA as part of a Depression era project to promote public art centers nationwide. Since its initial emergence, the Roswell Museum and Art Center has grown into a 50,000 square foot facility that includes twelve galleries dedicated to the exhibition of art and history, the Patricia Lubben Bassett Art Education Center, and the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium. The Museum also features the Robert H. Goddard Collection of Liquid-Propellant Rocketry and the Goddard Galleries and Workshop Recreation. For more information, visit www.roswellmuseum.org.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org.