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from RIA News 1934
|Born||17 September [O.S. 5 September] 1857|
Izhevskoye, Ryazan Governorate, Russian Empire
|Died||19 September 1935 (aged 78)|
Kaluga, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Known for||Tsiolkovsky's rocket equation|
Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky (Russian: Константин Эдуардович Циолковский, IPA: [kənstɐnˈtʲin ɪdʊˈardəvʲɪtɕ tsɨɐlˈkofskʲɪj] ( listen); Polish: Konstanty Edward Ciołkowski 17 September [O.S. 5 September] 1857 – 19 September 1935) was a Russian who pioneered spaceflight. His works later inspired Soviet rocket engineers such as Sergei Korolev and Valentin Glushko.
Due to the hearing problems, he was not admitted to the school, so he had to study by himself. He passed much of his time by reading books. Later, he became interested in mathematics and physics. As a teenager, he began to believe that space travel would possible.
Education and career
Tsiolkovsky spent three years attending a Moscow library, where Russian cosmism proponent (who supports the library) Nikolai Fyodorov worked. He later believed that living in space would make the human race immortal.
- Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky. Encyclopaedia Britannica
- "Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky – Soviet Space Scientist". http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/tsiolkovsky.htm. .
- Narins, Brigham (2001), Notable Scientists from 1900 to the Present, 5, Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group, pp. 2256–2258,
- The life of Konstantin Eduardovitch Tsiolkovsky 1857–1935 Archived 15 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Informatics.org (19 September 1935). Retrieved 4 May 2012.