Alexei Leonov, 1st person to walk in space, dies at 85
Alexei Leonov, 1st person to walk in space, dies at 85
Alexei Leonov was known as Cosmonaut No 11
12 October, 2019, 19:28
"His greatest memorial will be our country's future achievements in space travel, to which he dedicated his heroic life".
An artist as well as a cosmonaut, Leonov took colored pencils altered for zero gravity with him on Voskhod 2, and sketched an orbital sunrise, which is considered the first piece of art created in space. He became the first human to walk in space on March 18, 1965, leaving his capsule for 12 minutes, and later served on the Soviet crew that formed the first temporary space station with an American crew during the Soyuz-Apollo mission in 1975.
The short foray, a significant advance in the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States, was no easy task, and not without its mishaps.
Putin also congratulated Leonov at the time, calling him "a worthy representative of the legendary team of Soviet cosmonauts".
He later trained other cosmonauts.
Though not as well known around the world as the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, Leonov was a household name in Russian Federation.
The YouTube window below will be broadcasting the entirety of the spacewalk, and it includes commentary from NASA staff to provide some context for what you're seeing on the screen.
Leonov passed away at 85 and will be buried this month, Russian news agency TASS reported.
Leonov has died in Moscow this Friday, according to Russia's Cosmonaut Training Center officials.
"His venture into the vacuum of space began the history of extravehicular activity that makes today's Space Station maintenance possible", it said. British ESA astronaut Tim Peake said, "A hero to so many, Alexei was pioneer of spacewalking and always full of wisdom and humour".
"We had this tradition that he would give cosmonauts pep talks before they board the spacecraft", Kononenko said.
Leonov became a legend at home and his feats were immortalised in cinema and literature.
Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey included recordings of Leonov's breathing in space.
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