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  • 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...
  • Valentina Tereshkova
    Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (Russian: Валенти́на Влади́мировна Терешко́ва, IPA: [vɐlʲɪnʲˈtʲinə vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvnə tʲɪrʲɪʂˈkovə] (About this soundlisten); born 6 March 1937) is a retired Russian co...
  • 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 Fe...
  • Dr. Clarence Rollins "Johnny" Gates (1926 - 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 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:...

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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