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Model, Tsiolkovsky Space Craft


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This object is on display in the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

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.

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National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Tsiolkovsky Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of Tsiolkovsky Space Museum, Russia


Plastic, metal, foam rubber, lacquer paints


Approximate: 38.1 × 137.2cm, 13.6kg (15 × 54 in., 30lb.)

Country of Origin

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics


MODELS-Science Fiction

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