Tsander, Fridrikh Arturovitch (1887–1933)
As a high school student in Riga, Latvia, Tsander had been exposed to Tsiolkovsky's ideas and became fanatical about spaceflight, especially about traveling to Mars. Apparently he even interested the Soviet leader Lenin in the subject at a meeting of inventors in Moscow in 1920. During a speech delivered at the Great Physics Auditorium at the Institute of Moscow on October 4, 1924, Tsander was asked why he wanted to go to the Mars. He replied: "Because it has an atmosphere and ability to support life. Mars is also considered a red star and this is the emblem of our great Soviet Army." In 1931 he became head of GIRD (the Moscow Group for the Study of Rocket Propulsion) and in 1932, Tsander published "Problems of Flight by Means of Reactive Devices." Also active in rocket design at this time was Valentin Glushko.
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