Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky, 1857 - 1935
Born: 17 September 1857 (5 September O.S.), Izhevskoye, Russian Empire
Died: 19 September 1935, Kaluga, Russia, USSR
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- A lot of my discoveries have already been discovered before. I only see personal significance in these works, as they gave me self-confidence... At first, I've been making long-known discoveries, then not so long-known ones, and then completely new ones. permalink
- A planet is the cradle of mind, but one cannot live in a cradle forever. permalink
- All the Universe is full of the life of perfect creatures. permalink
The Scientific Ethics (1930)
- For me, a rocket is only a means — only a method of reaching the depths of space — and not an end in itself.... There's no doubt that it's very important to have rocket ships since they will help mankind to settle elsewhere in the universe. But what I'm working for is this resettling.... The whole idea is to move away from the Earth to settlements in space. permalink
- Man must at all costs overcome the Earth's gravity and have, in reserve, the space at least of the Solar System. permalink
- Man will not always stay on Earth; the pursuit of light and space will lead him to penetrate the bounds of the atmosphere, timidly at first, but in the end to conquer the whole of solar space. permalink
his chosen epitaph
- Men are weak now, and yet they transform the Earth's surface. In millions of years their might will increase to the extent that they will change the surface of the Earth, its oceans, the atmosphere and themselves. They will control the climate and the solar system just as they control the Earth. They will travel beyond the limits of our planetary system; they will reach other Suns and use their fresh energy instead of the energy of their dying luminary. permalink
- My entire life consisted of musings, calculations, practical works and trials. Many questions remain unanswered; many works are incomplete or unpublished. The most important things still lie ahead. permalink
- The blue distance, the mysterious Heavens, the example of birds and insects flying everywhere — are always beckoning Humanity to rise into the air. permalink
The Successes of Air Balloons in the XIX Century (1901)
- To set foot on the soil of the asteroids, to lift by hand a rock from the Moon, to observe Mars from a distance of several tens of kilometers, to land on its satellite or even on its surface, what can be more fantastic? From the moment of using rocket devices a new great era will begin in astronomy: the epoch of the more intensive study of the firmament. permalink
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