Sergei Korolev, Soviet rocket engineer

Sergei Korolev, Soviet rocket engineer

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Caption: Sergei Korolev (1907-1966). Portrait of the Soviet test pilot, rocket engineer and spacecraft designer Sergei Pavlovich Korolev (left) with his mother Maria Nikolayevna. Korolev was the chief Soviet rocket designer in the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s. He worked on several spacecraft including the Vostok 1 used by Gagarin, and is considered by many as the father of practical astronautics.

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