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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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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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Soviet rocket-scientist Sergei Korolev and the dog Laika, the first living creature to be sent into outer space. Laika was placed in the nose-cone of the R-7 rocket and died six hours after being launched into orbit.

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Sergei Pavlovich Korolev (Russian: Серге́й Па́влович Королёв; IPA, Ukrainian: Сергі́й Па́влович Корольо́в, 12 January 1907 – 14 January 1966) was the lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer in the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1950s and 1960s. He is considered by many as the father of practical astronautics. Born in Zhytomyr, a provincial center in the Volhynian Governorate of the Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

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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.

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