The Robert Goddard Wing of the Roswell Museum

On my way to the 1995 IPMS National Convention, I stopped at the Roswell Museum in Roswell, New Mexico. One wing of the museum is set up to appear as Robert Goddard's workshop. While I didn't expect to be allowed to use flash photography, I was stunned to be told by the guard that I wasn't allowed to use my tripod. Therefore, I had to try hand-holding very long exposures. These few pictures are the best of the lot (and they aren't great).

Liquid fuel replica

This is the prototype for the first successful liquid fueled rocket that Goddard flew in Massachusetts on March 16, 1926. Shortly thereafter (after setting at least one field on fire), he relocated to Roswell to continue his rocketry experiments.

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Rocket innards

You know, I really should write down what I'm photographing... But I believe that these parts actually flew in one of Goddard's rockets.

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Work stand

Here's a rocket on a typical workstand. As I recall (using faulty, carbon-based memory), the rocket is about fifteen to twenty feet long...

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Innards on a workbench

Here're some more rocket innards. It looks as though the tank has suffered some sort of rupture...

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Launch tower

Just outside the museum, is one of the launch towers with a rocket mounted inside.

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Sun over the tower

OK, so I'm not Ansel Adams... or even Don Adams.

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Tower and flame trench

As you can see, Goddard used a simple concrete pipe as a flame trench on his launch pad.

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[Scale models page]

[Model rockets page]

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