Space Programs

Rocket History

Who pioneered the design and construction of rockets for spaceflight?

The Russian engineer Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857–1935), American scientist Robert Goddard (1882–1945), and German physicist Hermann Oberth (1894–1989) are generally considered to be the three main visionaries behind the rockets used for modern spaceflight. Though the three men never worked together, their parallel efforts were eventually synthesized to create the international space programs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


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