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Sergei Korolev, Soviet rocket scientist


On 12 April 1961 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space when he orbited the Earth once during a 108 minute flight. In 1960 Gagarin, a fighter pilot, was shortlisted for the Vostok 1 programme, which built on the success of Sputnik 1 just three years earlier. German Titov was Gagarin's closest rival for selection - both men tried to impress space programme director Sergei Korolev.


Profile: Sergei Korolev Sergei Korolev spent an illustrious career unknown to both his fellow countrymen and to the outside

Great Minds: Sergei Korolev, The Chief Designer - YouTube


The First Spacewalk

Rocket engineer Sergei Korolev (Detlev Van Ravenswaay/Science Photo Library)


Father of the Space Age - in December 1965 Sergei Pavlovich Korolev was finally put in charge of the Soviet Union’s manned lunar programme

Sergei Korolev (1906 - 1966) Rocket Designer, Engineer, Space Pioneer. He was the head of the Soviet Space Program during the 1950s and 1960s, overseeing the Sputnik, Luna, Verena, Vostok and Soyuz space missions.


Rare 1934 Sergei Korolev Rocket Flight in the Stratosphere Russian Soviet Space

RUSSIAN SPACE FIRSTS ~ Sergei Pavlovich Korolev (1907-1966) is widely regarded as the founder of the Soviet space program. He led the development of the world's first ballistic missile, known today as the R-7, which became a base for a long-lasting family of space boosters, carrying Russian cosmonauts into orbit for decades to come.