I visited the statue of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in Saint Petersburg a few weeks ago. The street it’s on also bears his name. It was being repaired at the time, hence the tape around it. The sculptor didn’t make the bottom half of his body as detailed as the top and it looks like an old man with a blanket on his lap, not quite the image of a great scientist and inventor dreaming of going into space.
155 years ago, on September 17, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics, was born in the Russian province. One of his famous sayings goes: “Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever”. Long before the beginning of the space era this Great Russian scientist derived a formula for space rockets’ overcoming the earth’s gravity. More.
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Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935), pioneer of astronautics. Derived the Tsiolkovsky rocket equation and made a significant contribution to the Soviet Space Program; in addition to his exploration of the earth sciences and biology.
Ciolkovszkij elméleti munkássága eredményeként Koroljov és kutatócsoportja irányításával elkészült és 1933-ban magasba emelkedett a GIRD-X jlezésű kísérleti rakéta. A Magyar Néphadsereg kártyanaptára a szovjet űrkutatás eredményeiről, 1979. Grafikus: Gönczi Béla.
As a result of Tsiolkovsky’s theoretical work, Korolev (the future leader of the Soviet space program) and his research team launched the GIRD-X, the first hybrid-fueled rocket in 1933. Hungarian card calendar by the People’s Army, 1979. Artwork: Bela Gönczi.