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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.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Country of Origin Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Type MODELS-Science Fiction Dimensions Approximate: 38.1 × 137.2cm, 13.6kg (15 × 54 in., 30lb.)
Materials Plastic, metal, foam rubber, lacquer paints
Inventory Number A20110015000 Credit Line Gift of Tsiolkovsky Space Museum, Russia Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Open Access (CCO)
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