Sergei Korolev's funeral

Sergei Korolev's funeral

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Caption: Sergei Korolev's funeral. Church service during the funeral of the Soviet test pilot, rocket engineer and spacecraft designer Sergei Pavlovich Korolev (1907-1966). 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. Photographed in 1966.

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