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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for October 4

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4: ROCKET PIONEER

Profile America — Thursday, October 4th. Tomorrow marks the birth in 1882 of a man who ended up being called "The father of the space age" — Robert Goddard. He was just 17 when he climbed a tree to think about his future and decided to dedicate his life to developing rockets and space travel. This when America moved by horse and buggy and steam engine. Goddard's work led to the first liquid-fueled rocket launch in 1926 and, later on, the development of solid propellants. Space flight has been a part of modern life for well over half a century, from manned missions and satellites to telescopes and probes into deep space. From 2000 to 2010, the U.S. launched 63 noncommercial spacecraft and 16 that were sponsored. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 491
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 822

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau