Auburn, Massachusetts: Goddard Park - Polaris MissileAnd along with the missile is a life-size duplicate of Robert Goddard's first, tiny rocket, which he launched from a hill top just down the road.
Dr. Robert H. Goddard Park
- 51 Auburn St., Auburn, MA
- Dr. Robert H. Goddard Park.I-290 exit 9. Drive east on Auburn St. On the right side, just past the intersection of Southbridge St./Hwy 12, behind the Auburn Fire Department.
Visitor Tips and News About Goddard Park - Polaris Missile
On March 16, 1926, Robert Goddard successfully launched the first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Mass. The first one of its kind, it reached an altitude of 41 feet, lasted 2 seconds and averaged about 60 miles per hour.
The park honoring this event was built by the local Rotary Club and is maintained by the town. There is only a very small model of the Goddard rocket at the site, but there is an extremely cool Polaris missile.[Seana Flagg, 04/29/2007]
The model is a true sized duplicate. The first successful rocket flight was made 1/2 east of the park by Goddard on Pakachoag Hill.