Tsiolkovsky. Second Advent

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was one of the fathers of the Russian space program back in the late nineteenth century. Self-educated and working as a schoolteacher in a small provincial town, Tsiolkovsky managed to develop the concepts of reactive motion as well as the basic principles of rocket construction. He was profoundly involved in developments of philosophical thought in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Calling himself an utter materialist and perceiving the universe as a complicated but cognizable system, he believed in the overall harmony of the world, inhabited by a multitude of civilizations. He believed in the sensitivity of materiality and that humanity would transform itself into an immaterial “radiant” state during the course of its development. This combination of a pragmatic scientific mind with limitless optimism and idealism are typical features of Russian Cosmism. Zhilyaev examines this by juxtaposing one of the genuine (although slightly altered) tracts with new drawings of Tsiolkovsky after resurrection. An Album of Cosmic Journeys explores the conditions of life in zero gravity in outer space and demonstrates the technical aspects of rocket launch and movement, as well as Tsiolkovsky’s life, in the reconstruction of his rocket as a branch of the Cradle of Humankind museum network, represented by personal things.