March 16th – Thursday

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God is Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32

Engineer, physicist, professor, and inventor Robert H. Goddard successfully launched the first liquid-fueled rocket on this day in 1926. His theories, engineering feats, and further rocket launches contributed to the development of the Space Age. As a student in 1907, Goddard fired a powder rocket in the basement of the physics building at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute of Clark University. He patented 214 inventions and was given slight subsidies by the Smithsonian Institution and the Daniel Guggenheim Foundation. He studied gunpowder propulsion, developed mathematical theories for rocket propulsion, then created controversy by proposing the possibility of a rocket flight to the moon. The Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was established by NASA in 1959 to commemorate this “father of modern rocket propulsion.”

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For discernment for Administrator Bill Nelson as he manages the National Aviation and Space Administration.
  • For NASA researchers and scientists as they gather new data and discover information from space exploration.

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