Soviet rocket scientist Valentin Petrovich Glushko was born on this day in 1908. Glushko worked with renowned rocket designer Sergey Korolyov from 1932 to 1966. The two had a triumphant year in 1957, when they launched the first intercontinental ballistic missile in August and sent the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, into orbit in October.
In 1974 Glushko became chief designer for the Soviet space program, helping to oversee development of the Mir space station. He died in 1989.
[Source: Britannica Online]