Mishin, Vasily Pavlovich (1917–2001)
Vasily Mishin was a Soviet rocket scientist and one of the first Russians to see Nazi Germany's V-2 facilities at the end of World War II. He
was subsequently a close collaborator of Sergei Korolev in the development of the first Soviet ICBM (intercontinental ballistic
missile) and in the Sputnik and Vostok programs. After Korolev's death, Mishin became head of Korolev's OKB-1 design bureau and tried unsuccessfully to commit the Soviet space program
to landing a man on the Moon (see Russian
manned lunar programs).
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