|R.H. Goddard towing a rocket|
Of course we know that the US gave USSR chase in the space race which resulted in the race to the Moon. Von Braun and his team made the Saturn IB and Saturn V rockets under NASA. Saturn V still remains the most powerful rocket ever flown. It's the epitomical rocket of the space race and the race to the Moon. It could take 260,000 pounds to orbit. Impressive by any measure. The N-1 was also impressive but not quite as the Saturn V. It could take 200,000 pounds to orbit.
|SkyLab riding on a Saturn V|
|Long March 3B|
We looked at Goddard and his rockets, then looked at the cold war rockets of the US and USSR, and finally we looked at the modern rockets. It's really amazing that most of the technology that was essential to rocketry was developed by one man, Robert Goddard. To get from Goddard to today's rockets, there were myriads of men and women developing technologies to go bigger, faster, and farther. These people were of all kinds of backgrounds including different political backgrounds. The rocket is a tool for man. Let's hope we can use it wisely.