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  • Mary Golda Ross (1908 - 2008)
    Mary Golda Ross (August 9, 1908 – April 29, 2008) was the first Native American female engineer. She was one of the 40 founding engineers of the Skunk Works , and was known for her work at Lockheed Mar...
  • Arthur I. Burris (1935 - 2016)
    Art was born in Bedford Township on October 30, 1935 to Logan and Elsie (Fry) Burris. He was an Aeronautic Engineer, and worked on significant projects such as the Stealth Bomber, and the Project Mercu...
  • Master Sergeant Earl Herbert Dilley (1921 - 2008)
    Earl Dilley worked for NASA and the Naval Ordinance Laboratory. He participated in the Apollo Moon Landing missions. He was an inventor, with several of his inventions still sitting on the moon. He s...
  • Johannes Hevelius (1611 - 1687)
    Johannes Hevelius (28 January 1611 – 28 January 1687) was a councillor and mayor of Danzig (Gdańsk), then part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. As an astronomer he gained a reputation as "the fou...
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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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