Hermann Oberth Publishes
Wege Zur Raumschiffahrt (The Roads to Space Travel)
Author: Hermann Oberth, German Rocket Theorist
Interest in Rocketry is spreading like lightening in Germany. My publication of
The Roads to Space Travel, which is the sequel to The Rocket into Planetary Space
will further provide knowledge for the excited. It will include additional equations and explanations about something like moving through a vacuum ( a rocket doesn't push against the vacuum, it pushes against itself).
We have the technology to build the rocket, the rocket can escape Earth's gravity, the rocket will be able to carry people, and the rocket might be able to bring profit to manufacturers within the next decade. I have a vision of gigantic rockets
fueled by liquid turned to fire transporting humans to distant planets through a variety of spatial trajectories and on many trips.
The celebrated silent-film maker Fritz Lang wants me to be his technical adviser for his new film
The Girl in the Moon. He will use my Model E rocket that I devised in
The Rocket into Planetary Space as the spacecraft. The rocket will be designed very impressively with a detailed interior and will have a sensational blastoff. I also have to construct a real
liquid-fueled rocket and launch it as a publicity stunt on the day the film premieres. I am quite unsure how to go about this so I have hired the assistance of a energetic
engineer named Rudolf Nebel. Speaking of Rudolf, he has invited me to Verein fur Raumschiffahrt (German Society for Space Travel), where the famous Max Valier is in. He has done many interesting things with rockets such as driving a rocket car. This shows how popular rocketry is in Germany right now. I can't say the same for Goddard.
Rocketry has many inspiring applications as demonstrated by Verne. I see a future of flights to the moon and perhaps colonies? But rocketry can also bring destruction. In the future, it will be possible that entire cities are demolished instantly. Warfare will never be the same again.
But Pandora's box was opened. The process of discovery cannot be denied.