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As already known to Aristarch of Samos in 300 B.C.E. the earth rotates around the sun. Unfortunatly this wasn't observed adequate. Since thousends of years man dreams of heaven and the stars, but it was not until the great disturbances at the beginning of the last century and the following Cold War as everything were ready to really start the departure into space.

Hermann Oberth laid down the theoretical fundametals of spaceflight in his book "Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen".

Hermann Oberth was born in 1894 in Siebenbürgen. He was a shool teacher in physics and mathematics, visonary of spaceflight and comitted freethinker not only in the field of astronautics. 1922 Oberth published his pioneering book "Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen". Handed over to the university of Heidelberg as a dissertation, the writing was declined because no one felt able to judge it.

Picture: From left to right: Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, Major General Holger Toftoy, Professor Herman Oberth, Dr. Wernher von Braun, Dr. Robert Lusser. NASA

The women in the moon. - Today a allegory of civil space flight, this ideogram gild the Aggregat 4 wich touched space as first object on 3rd October 1942.

The picture "Woman in the moon" refers to the so named movie film by Fritz Lang from 1929 about a journey to the moon. Fritz Lang later became world famous for his cineastic masterpiece "Metropolis".

Picture: Advertising poster for Fritz Lang's "Frau im Mond"

Wernher von Braun was the directing genius of the german rocket development and the american Apollo moon-landing program.

Wernher von Braun was head of engineering of the rocket development at the Heeresversuchstelle Peenemuende and in charge on the development of the Aggregat 4/ V-2. After World War Two he has been placed to Amerika and conveyanced the idea of a flight to the moon in many ways there. At last he leaded the development of the Saturn V rocket, which carryed the first men to another celestial body.

Picture: Wernher von Braun. NASA

Aggregat 4 (V2) - First of man made object which ever reached space. A little effusive sometimes called mother of all rockets.

Developed during World War Two at the Heeresversuchstelle Peenemuende, it was an Aggregat 4 which touched outer space first on 3rd October 1942. On later tests the rocket climbed up into heaven 184 km. The first pictures from Earth taken from outer space were shoot by a V-2 which was carryed from Germany to Amerika after World War Two.

Picture: Start of an Aggregat 4/ V-2 from teststand 7 in Peenemünde, summer 1943. German Bundesarchiv

Sergei Koroljow was the directing genius of the Russian rocket development after World War Two. His developments carryed first man into space.

Alike Wernher von Braun in the United States of Amerika but for other reasons, Koroljow stayd detracted of the light of publicity in Soviet Union for longer times.

Picture: Koroljow Denkmal, NTUU KPI, Kiew, Ukraine. Wikimedia

Sputnik was the first satellite, started 1957 in the Soviet Union.

The satellite was started into space in 1957 by Sowjet Union and orbited earth for 92 days. It broadcasted the first radio signal from outer space to Earth.

Picture: Mockup of Sputnik 1. NASA

Juri Gagarin - First man into space in April 1961

On 12th of April 1961 Juri Gagarin started with Wostok 1 from spaceport Baikonur as the first person into outer space and orbited Earth one time.

Picture: Juri Gagarin. Wikimedia

Valentina Tereschkowa - In June 1963 first woman at outer space

On 16th of June 1963 Valentina Tereschkowa started with Wostok 6 from spaceport Baikonur as the first woman into space. Her journey lasted nearly three days. She orbited Earth 49 times.

Picture: Stamp with picture of Valentina Tereschkowa. Wikimedia

Moon landing - In July 1969 Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin flew to the moon and Neil Armstrong does the first step on another celestial body.

Started with the Saturn V rocket from Merrit Island on 16th July 1969, Neil Armstrong und Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon on 20th July, during Michael Collins was on a moon orbit with the mothership. On 24th July the astronauts landed on Earth again.

Picture: Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon. NASA

Sigmund Jaehn was in 1978 with the Soviet Sojus 31 the first German at outer space

After Wernher von Braun developed the first rocket which reached into outer space in World War Two in Germany, and after the USA and USSR pushed space traveling further during Cold War, now, on 26th of August 1978 the first German got the possibility for a flight into space. His flight lasted nearly seven days.

Picture: Valery Bykowski and Sigmund Jaehn after landing back on Earth. German Bundesarchiv

Atlantis and Mir - Space shuttle and space station, the last great achievements of the super powers during the Cold War, - united.

The American space shuttles has been the first re-usable space crafts. It ar in use since 1981. The base-block of the first space station, the russian Mir, has been shooted into space in 1986. Conceptioned for a using time of seven years, the Mir was forced to a controlled crash into the Pacific Ocean in 2001.

Picture: Space shuttle Atlantis coupled with space station Mir, July 1995. NASA

ISS - First international spacefligth project involving 16 nations in 2009

The ISS was built from 1998 til 2011. It has a wight of over 400 tonnes and dimensions from around 110 x 100 x 30 m. Until 2009 over 170 people visited the station, five of them has been tourists.

Picture: ISS, 2008. Wikimedia

... and beyond ...

Picture: Earth and Moon. Seen from Mariner 10. NASA. 1973

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