Rocket scientist Sergei Korolev during the flight of Vostok 1, the first ever manned spaceflight in the ship he designed.

Rocket scientist Sergei Korolev during the flight of Vostok 1, the first ever manned spaceflight in the ship he designed.

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.

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.

Area 51:Alleged to be Stalin’s secret UFO study team are (standing left to right) Sergei Korolev, chief missile designer and inventor of Sputnik; Igor Kurchatov, father of Russia’s atomic bomb; and Mstislav Keldysh, mathematician, theoretician, and space pioneer.

Area 51:Alleged to be Stalin’s secret UFO study team are (standing left to right) Sergei Korolev, chief missile designer and inventor of Sputnik; Igor Kurchatov, father of Russia’s atomic bomb; and Mstislav Keldysh, mathematician, theoretician, and space pioneer.

SRL16704a 50th memorial anniversary of Sergei Korolev (Sergei Korolev (1907–1966) and Soyuz spacecraft; Sergei Korolev (1907–1966) and Sputnik 2; Sergei Korolev (1907–1966) with Sputnik model; Luna 2 spacecraft)

SRL16704a 50th memorial anniversary of Sergei Korolev (Sergei Korolev (1907–1966) and Soyuz spacecraft; Sergei Korolev (1907–1966) and Sputnik 2; Sergei Korolev (1907–1966) with Sputnik model; Luna 2 spacecraft)

Among the famous figures of science and culture "enemies of the people" were: Soviet scientist, designer Sergei Korolev

Among the famous figures of science and culture "enemies of the people" were: Soviet scientist, designer Sergei Korolev

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

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

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.

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.

Great Minds: Sergei Korolev, The Chief Designer - YouTube

Great Minds: Sergei Korolev, The Chief Designer - YouTube

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