Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Russian Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, First Human to Perform Spacewalk, Dies

First Man To Walk In Space Soviet Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov Dies At 85 Jacksonville native sets out on ISS spacewalk
Patty Aguilar | 12 October, 2019, 09:44

Though Leonov wasn't the first man on the moon (a goal he wasn't shy about), he earned his own "first" in the space race between the U.S. and Soviet Union.

On the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975, Leonov met with United States astronauts in space and gave TV viewers tours of their respective crafts, the first time Soviet and United States cosmonauts collaborated in space.

On his second trip to space 10 years later, Leonov commanded the Soviet half of Apollo-Soyuz 19.

The flight and spacewalk were successful on the whole, but his return to Earth almost ended in tragedy when Mr Leonov and another cosmonaut, Mr Pavel Belyayev, crash-landed in the Siberian woods.

British astronaut Tim Peake described the Russian as "a hero to so many" who was "always full of wisdom and humour".

The 1965 mission was also celebrated in a 2017 Russian film, "The Spacewalker" where Leonov acted as consultant.

Born in Siberia, the youngest of eight children, Leonov became a fighter pilot before being selected as one of the first potential cosmonauts. Apollo-Soyuz 19 was a prelude to the worldwide cooperation seen aboard the global Space Station.

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Alexei Leonov, 1st human to walk in space, dies in Moscow
British astronaut Tim Peake said Mr Leonov was "a hero to so many, pioneer of spacewalking and always full of wisdom and humour". Mr Leonov staked his place in space history on March 18, 1965 , when he exited his Voskhod 2 capsule secured by a tether.

Mr Leonov did not give up sketching even when he flew into space, and took colouring pencils with him on the Apollo-Soyuz flight in 1975 to draw.

Two NASA astronauts are now outside the International Space Station on the second of several planned spacewalks to replace batteries affixed to the outside of the spacecraft.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sent his condolences to Leonov's family, calling him a "true pioneer, a strong and heroic person".

Messages of condolences poured in from around the globe following news of his death.

"Putin always admired Leonov's courage and thought he was an extraordinary man", Peskov told Russian news agencies.

NASA on Friday offered sympathy to Leonov's family, saying it was saddened by his death.

Leonov is to be buried on Tuesday at a military memorial cemetery outside Moscow, Roscosmos said. NASA said Leonov's achievement "began the history of extravehicular activity that makes today's [ISS] maintenance possible".

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