The “Hidden Figure” in the Sputnik Design Team

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“The “Hidden Figure” in the Sputnik Design Team” by Brian Harvey
Published in Quest Volume: 28 #4 (2021)


One of the most tantalizing, grainy photographs from the early days of the space age was the design team that built the first Sputnik.  Published in 1970, it included one woman member, whose name was given (Lydia Soldatova), but little more. Team leader Mikhail Tikhonravov was well-known, as were some of the others such as Gleb Yurevich Maksimov, but she was not. Thanks to the current declassification program in the Russian federal archives, RGANTD, we can now fill in some of the blank pages.


Harvey, Brian. “The ‘Hidden Figure’ in the Sputnik Design Team.” Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly 28, no. 4 (2021): 38-39.

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  • Archive ID # G301226
  • Format: Document (PDF)
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  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Publisher: Quest
  • Copyright Status: Copyrighted
  • Copyright Holder: SPACE 3.0
  • Language: English
  • Number of Pages: 2
  • Type: History
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  • Collection: Quest
  • Availability: Digital Download