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A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes
Washington DC: The Smithsonian Institute. First edition. Original wrappers. Very Good. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of Robert Goddard's famous explanation of the powerful potential of rocketry and, specifically, on the possibility of projecting an object beyond the atmosphere of the Earth. "Goddard, a physics professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., had published an arid little paper on an outrageous topic, rocket travel. Unlike most of his colleagues, Goddard believed rocketry was a viable technology, and his paper, primly titled 'A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes,' was designed to prove it. For the lay reader, there wasn't much in the writing to excite interest, but at the end, the buttoned-up professor unbuttoned a bit. If you used his technology to build a rocket big enough, he argued, and if you primed it with fuel that was powerful enough, you just might be able to reach the moon with it." (Time 100). At the time of publication, Goddard was widely ridiculed as a hopeless dreamer; his work would, of course, later be recognized as providing the foundation for the modern space age.

 With 25 photographic plates on 10 pages (complete). IN: Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Vol. 71, No. 2 (pp. 1-69, plus 10 pages of plates). Washington, DC: The Smithsonian Institution, 1919. Octavo, original wrappers; custom box. Chips to spine ends, very light general wear to wrappers. A beautiful copy. RARE IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS.
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