ISS-64 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Sergey Ryzhikov
Flight engineers:
Sergey Kud-Sverchkov
Kathleen Rubins
Michael Hopkins
Victor Glover
Shannon Walker
Soichi Noguchi



The Chief Designer

January 12, 2021

 January 12 marks the 114th anniversary of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the first Chief Designer of rocket and space hardware, the founder and the first head of OKB-1 (now RSC Energia).

Thanks to his talent, perseverance, dedication to his labor of love, as well as to his ability to energize the team of OKB-1, our country managed to score virtually all the firsts in space exploration. It was under the leadership of Sergei Korolev that our countrys first intercontinental ballistic missile R-7 was developed, which further evolved into a whole family of multi-stage space launch vehicles. They were used to put into orbit the worlds first artificial Earth satellite, to fly the first man in space, to launch the first scientific satellites and interplanetary probes to study the Moon, Mars and Venus. Korolev initiated the USSRs manned lunar program and studies into manned vehicles for missions both in low-Earth orbit and into deep space. These efforts also gave rise to the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz, used in the Russian space program to this day.

S.P.Korolev was in charge of RSC Energia for 20 years. What became known as Korolevs Firm was the springboard for establishing in our country a powerful rocket and space industry, comprising dozens of companies. He knew how to look beyond the horizon: His thoughts, ideas and plans still guide the development of our countrys space exploration.

S.P.Korolev authored and co-authored more than 250 scientific papers, articles and inventions. Twice Hero of Socialist Labor. Winner of the Lenin Prize, academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the orders of Lenin and the Badge of Honor, medals For Valiant Labor during Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 and In Commemoration of 800th Anniversary of Moscow, K.E. Tsiolkovsky Gold Medal from USSR Academy of Sciences. There are numerous monuments and memorial sites commemorating S.P. Korolev in a number of towns in Russia and countries of the former USSR. His name was given to the town of science Korolev (formerly Kaliningrad) in the Moscow region, to the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Samara State Aerospace University, Kurumoch international airport, sea-going research vessels, craters on the Moon and Mars, asteroid No. 1855, mountain peaks and streets in various cities, museums, etc. Prizes, scholarships and medals named after Korolev were established.




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