[FPSPACE] Russia commemorates 150th anniversary of 'Father of Space Travel'

Jim Oberg jeoberg at comcast.net
Mon Sep 17 10:47:48 EDT 2007

An anniversary to celebrate, on Earth and (I hope) off it!

September 17, 2007, 9:19 

Russia commemorates 150th anniversary of 'Father of Space Travel' 

   Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the space scientist, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. The pioneer of astronautic theory was the first to put forward the theory of rocket flight in space, and played a significant role in the development of Russia's space industry. 

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was a visionary, who, decades ahead of his time, believed the future of human life would be in outer space. 

   When mankind finally broke free of the Earth's shackles, it was a Russian cosmonaut who did so.  Yury Gagarin was the man who became famous, but it was Tsiolkovsky's ideas that got him there. Self-taught in mathematics, astronomy and physics, he described how rockets could work in space and gained the reputation as the father of space travel.

   "Tsiolkovsky calculated the horizontal speed required for orbit around the Earth and conceived the idea of space exploration. Overall he was a pioneer of human space flight," said Yury Karash, a space expert.

   Konstantin Tsiolkovsky dedicated his life to his astronautic research, having dreamt of  space travel since he was a boy. He lived to see his visionary concepts beginning to turn into reality. His proteges built on the foundation laid by Tsiolkovsky.

   Just before he died, Tsiolkovsky said his entire life had consisted of nothing but musings, calculations and theories, but his influence on the first generation of Russian space engineers is unquestionable. 

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