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  • Dr. Clarence Rollins "Johnny" Gates (1926 - c.2008)
    Obituary: Clarence Rollins Gates died April 25, 2008, at his home in Westlake Village, California, following a brief illness. He was born August 21, 1926, in Belvidere, Illinois, to Clarence Forsberry ...
  • Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson
    Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. Wikipedia:...
  • Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)
    Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in the space and natural sciences...
  • Wernher von Braun (1912 - 1977)
    Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun (* 23. März 1912 in Wirsitz, Provinz Posen, Deutsches Reich; † 16. Juni 1977 in Alexandria, Virginia, Vereinigte Staaten) war als deutscher und später U...
  • Robert H. Goddard (1882 - 1945)
    Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard successfully launched hi...

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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