Friday, December 31, 2010

Alexander Kemurdzhian

Alexander Leonovich Kemurdzhian is the founder of the space transport engineering, a pioneering scientist in the space flight program of the Soviet Union, designer of the first rovers to explore another world, the Soviet Lunokhod rovers.

Kemurdjian was not only responsible for the first Moon rovers, but also created the first Mars rover as well. He led a team that introduced the virtues of a Mars rover to the world in the Society’s international testing program in the late 1980s. His work has had extraordinary influence on robotic designs in the USA and Europe as well as in Russia. He was «profoundly influential in putting a human face on the concept of Soviet-American cooperation,» writes Friedman. «I was always struck by this man — a Soviet military secret … — who turned out to be a warm, gracious colleague and friend to so many of us.»

His works were the subject of the recent documentary film «Tank on the Moon» by French film maker Jean Afanassieff. The documentary premiered in the United States on the Science Channel on February 12, 2008.


  1. Excellent information. PLease keep on posting about great Armenians. By the way, there is a good book about great Armenian-Americans of WWII. Actually, on of the closest aides to Eisenhower was an Armenian, whoi has influenced him greatly. The book is called "Armenian World War II Heroes" by Richard N. Demirjian.

  2. Sorry for misspells...