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Soviet engineers and physicists. From left to right: Vasily Mishin (1917-2001), rocket engineer; Mstislav Keldysh (1911-1978), mathematician; Igor Kurchatov (1903-1960), physicist; and Sergey Korolev (1907-1966), rocket engineer. Korolev was the head rocket engineer and designer for the Soviet Union's space programme. Mishin was his deputy, and succeeded him following Korolev's death in 1966. Keldysh worked on Soviet missiles and space travel. Kurchatov was a nuclear physicist who did pioneering work on cyclotrons, atomic bombs, and nuclear power plants. Photographed in Russia, in 1954.
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