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Pioneer rocket scientist Lowell Randall dies in US

Pioneer rocket scientist Lowell Randall dies in US

A funeral home has confirmed that Lowell Randall, a pioneer rocket scientist who helped launched the U.S. space program, has died at age 96.
His biographer says the scientist died Tuesday of natural causes at a New Mexico nursing home.
Randall was part of a team led by rocket pioneer Robert Goddard, who developed liquid Jet Assist Take Off rocket engines, a key element for space flights to the moon. Randall later became Goddard's chief test engineer at the Naval Research Station.
Randall returned to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to test Redstone rocket engines, which were used to send the first American astronauts into space. Randall then led a team at Martin Marietta Corporation to test intercontinental ballistic missiles.


Updated : 2021-07-31 04:37 GMT+08:00