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Goddard Crater is located along the Moon’s eastern limb (14.8 N, 89.0 E). LOLA data show the floor of the 90 km diameter crater to be relatively flat and smooth. The crater is named after pioneering rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945). Considered to be to be the father of modern rocketry, Goddard built the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket. Incidentally, the LOLA instrument was built at the one NASA Center named for Robert H. Goddard, Goddard Space Flight Center
in Greenbelt, MD. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on which LOLA flies was also built at Goddard Space Flight Center.
To learn more about Robert H. Goddard, visit Dr. Robert H. Goddard, American Rocketry Pioneer
“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”
-- Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard