…space flight is impossible as there is no reaction in space to move a rocket.
*That Professor Goddard, with his ‘chair’ in Clark College and the countenancing of the Smithsonian Institution, does not know the relation of action to reaction, and of the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react – to say that would be absurd. Of course he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.
* In 1969 They realised that a rocket can function in vacuum as well as atmosphere.
Further investigation and experimentation have confirmed the findings of Isaac Newton in the 17th century and it is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum as well as in an atmosphere. The Times regrets the error."
Was it the cold war that made them overlook the success of Sputnik in 1957?