Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky (Russian: Константи́н Эдуа́рдович Циолко́вский; IPA: [kənstɐnʲˈtʲin ɪdʊˈardəvʲɪtɕ tsɨɐlˈkofskʲɪj] ( listen); Polish: Konstanty Ciołkowski; 17 September [O.S. 5 September] 1857 – 19 September 1935) was a Russian and Soviet rocket scientist and pioneer of the astronautic theory. Along with the German Hermann Oberth and the American Robert H. Goddard, he is considered to be one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics. His works later inspired leading Soviet rocket engineers such as Sergei Korolev and Valentin Glushko and contributed to the success of the Soviet space program. Tsiolkovsky spent most of his life in a log house on the outskirts of Kaluga, about 200 km (120 mi) southwest of Moscow. A recluse by nature, he appeared strange and bizarre to his fellow townsfolk. (Wikipedia)
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By the mid-22nd Century, all major space-faring powers have established observatories on the far or "dark" side of the Moon. Insulated from Earth's ceaseless radio chatter by 2,159 miles of Lunar rock, telescopes now probe the depths of cosmic time and space with an unprecedented clarity. Nearly 150 astronomers now work in these isolated little colonies where the Earth is forever hidden beneath the horizon. It is perhaps not surprising then that the observatory based at the crater Tsiolkovskiy has come to possess a particularly symbolic value, haunted as it is by the words of the long-dead visionary whose name it bears: "Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot remain in the cradle forever."
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