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  • Fritz von Opel (1899 - 1971)
    Adam Hermann von Opel (4 May 1899 – 8 April 1971) was a German rocket technology pioneer and automotive executive, nicknamed "Rocket-Fritz". He is remembered mostly for his spectacular demonstrations o...
  • Jacob "Leonard" Replogle (1927 - 2014)
    Leonard Replogle, 86, WWII Veteran, was born December 1, 1927 and passed away of natural causes at his home in Placentia on September 27, 2014. Leonard was a hot-rodder, aerospace engineer, and a man o...
  • Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr. (1924 - 2019)
    Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. (February 28, 1924 – July 22, 2019) was an American aerospace engineer and NASA engineer and manager who was instrumental in establishing the agency's Mission Control ope...
  • Александр Игнатьевич Шаргей (1897 - 1942)
    Алекса́ндр Игна́тьевич Шарге́й (псевдоним — Ю́рий Васи́льевич Кондратю́к; 9 [21] июня 1897, Полтава, Полтавская губерния, Российская империя — 25 февраля 1942, (предположительно) деревня Кривцово, Орло...
  • Константин Петрович Феоктистов (1926 - 2009)
    Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov (1926–2009) 'The first civilian in space, a spacecraft development engineer and cosmonaut Soviet cosmonaut and spacecraft development engineer Konstantin Petrovich Feokt...

In the year 2014 we are still in a pioneering phase of "space: the final frontier.". So please add profiles to this project of the men and women of "this" planet who are making it possible to dream of "other" planets.

Note: there is a separate project for Astronauts and Cosmonauts

From A Brief History of Space Exploration:

Humans have dreamed about spaceflight since antiquity. The Chinese used rockets for ceremonial and military purposes centuries ago, but only in the latter half of the 20th century were rockets developed that were powerful enough to overcome the force of gravity to reach orbital velocities that could open space to human exploration.

As often happens in science, the earliest practical work on rocket engines designed for spaceflight occurred simultaneously during the early 20th century in three countries by three key scientists: in Russia, by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky; in the United States, by Robert Goddard; and in Germany, by Hermann Oberth

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