Country of Origin: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Approximate: 38.1 x 137.16cm (1ft 3in. x 4ft 6in.)
Plastic, metal, foam rubber, lacquer paints
Soviet model makers built this spacecraft based on the designs and notes of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. Late in his life, much of Tsiolkovsky's theoretical work focused on ideas about transporting humans into space on board rockets. Although this model, reflecting the scientist's ideas, grossly overestimates the living space available on board a rocket, it does convey a sophisticated understanding of the physical constraints of space travel for that time. Among Tsiolkovsky's concerns were the effects of acceleration and weightlessness on the human body.
Gift of the Tsiolkovsky Russian National Space Museum, Kaluga, Russia.
Gift of Tsiolkovsky Space Museum, Russia