First cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and chief designer of space rockets USSR Sergei Korolev #Russia #space

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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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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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Famous Soviet scientists Designer Sergei Korolev left physicist Igor Kurchatov center and mathematician Mstislav Keldysh right Stock Photo

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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