Death, Resurrection and Space Flights

Martin Jabůrek


This study aims to present anthropological and cosmological views of the Russian thinker Nikolai Fedorov (1829-1903). Fedorov developed fantastic futuristic vision. Not only war, disease and hunger will be removed in the future, but a man also overcome death in pursuit of his improvement. Humankind united in brotherhood and love will return the lives of all deceased ancestors. These resurrection people inhabit the earth and later the universe. Fedorov is regarded as the founder of philosophy of Russian Cosmism. Among Fedorov‘s pupils can also include Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who first considered the possibility of conquering space using rockets. Tsiolkovsky directly linked to the founders of the Soviet space program. The author presents the hypothesis that the idea of manned space flight originated in pseudoscientific Russian Cosmism. Although the manned space flight deprived of its scientifically questionable justification, so far nobody has offered scientific justification for manned space flights.


Nikolai Fedorov, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sergei Korolev, Russian Cosmism, Space Flights, Death, Thanatology

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