Sergey Korolyov

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Birthday
12, 1907
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Jan 14, 1966 (59)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
12, 1907
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Jan 14, 1966 (59)

About

The lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer in the Space Race who, most notably, launched Sputnik, the first satellite in space, in 1957. However, he died before he could help put a Russian on the moon before the US put one of their own on the planet.

Before Fame

He grew up displaying an aptitude for mathematics and he attended the Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

Trivia

Before becoming a key figure in the Soviet Rocket Program he was arrested for alleged mismanagement of funds and was imprisoned in 1938 for almost six years, including some months in a Kolyma labour camp.

Family Life

His parents separated when he was just three; his mother told him his father had died.

Associated With

If he had his way, it would have been a Russian cosmonaut and not Neil Armstrong who first stepped on the moon.

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