Soviet model makers built this spacecraft model based on the late 19th-century designs and notes of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who pioneered the idea of transporting humans into space aboard rockets. The model grossly overestimates the living space available on such a rocket, but it does reflect an understanding of the physical constraints of space travel known at that time.
Image Number: 2008-19392
Credit: Image by Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
For print or commercial use please see our permissions page.