Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, died in 1966 was the name of the Chief Designer/Engineer who made the first human spaceflight possible. Russian space programme had him as one of the Soviet Union’s most closely guarded secrets.
Born in Ukraine, Korolev designed the vast R7 rocket that launched the first satellite, first dog, first man, first woman and first spacewalker into orbit. He developed the capsules, control systems and rigorous checks that ensured that every person he sent into space during his lifetime came back alive.
Yuri Gagarin alongside Nikita Khrushchev in Moscow’s Red Square were welcomed by thousands of people cheering success only possible due to Korolev Achievements.