Fa­ther of the space age

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ON this day in 1907, Sergei Pavlovich Korolev was born in Soviet Rus­sia.

After train­ing as an air­craft de­signer, he was falsely im­pris­oned for six years be­fore help­ing to launch the space age.

Once he was re­leased from prison, Korolev was recog­nised as a bril­liant rocket de­signer and later be­came director of the Soviet space pro­gramme.

Korolev achieved a string of space firsts from 1957, launch­ing the first ar­ti­fi­cial satellite (Sput­nik), the first an­i­mal into or­bit (Laika, a dog), first man in space (Yuri Ga­garin), first woman in space (Valentina Tereshkova), first mul­ti­ple crew and the first space walk (Alexei Leonov).

Dur­ing Korolev’s life, his iden­tity was kept se­cret and he was known only as the Chief De­signer.

Sergei Pavlovich Korolev

This re­port is from our friends at the Sci­ence Mu­seum, part of the Sci­ence Mu­seum Group.

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