konstantin tsiolkovsky

Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky (18571935) is regarded as the founder of modern rocketry, although he never built a rocket himself (the picture shows him alongside a model). He proved the efficiency of liquid rocket fuels and multiple-stage rockets, and even worked out the principles of steering a rocket in flight. His work was not recognized until the foundation of the Soviet Union in 1917.

Germany, members of the VfR were recruited to work on military programs that culminated in the first ballistic missile, the V2 rocket. Although the V2 had little effect on the course of the war, it clearly showed the potential for rockets, both as a weapon and as a means of peaceful exploration.

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