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Sergei Korolev, Soviet rocket scientist

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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.

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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

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The First Spacewalk

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

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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.

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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.

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