Space Travel: The World’s First Liquid-Fuelled Rocket
This year’s Welwyn Festival is number 42. As any fan of Douglas Adams and science fiction knows, that’s the answer to life, the universe and everything. So, this year’s Festival will have a space theme.
This includes an admission-free presentation at 7.30pm on Friday 24th June at the Small Hall of the Civic Centre by local space expert, Jerry Stone FBIS – “Nell, Esther and Aunt Effie: The story of the world’s first liquid-fuelled rocket”.
Did you know that all of the rockets that have been used to send craft into space, to the Moon and planets can be traced back to March 16, 1926, when Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fuelled rocket?
Dr Robert Goddard was one of the great pioneers of rocketry, and although his work was totally misunderstood and ridiculed by the New York Times and neglected by the government for many years, they both came to apologise and acknowledge Goddard’s expertise years later, and NASA named one of its major research centres after him.
In this commemorative presentation from Jerry Stone you can discover the significance of Nell, Esther and Aunt Effie.
Jerry Stone has given presentations on space since 1969, having started when he was 14 years old at school. Now he runs Spaceflight UK, and has spoken at venues that have included The Edinburgh Festival, The Royal Institution, The British Science Festival, The Palace of Westminster, Sir Patrick Moore’s garden, and a rock festival! He is described as “one of the leading speakers on space exploration”.
For details of his presentations and his space workshops for schools, visit www.spaceflight-uk.com