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Fri Oct 11, 2019, 08:36 PM

Soviet Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov Who Conducted First Ever Spacewalk Dies At The Age Of 85

Alexei Leonov, a decorated Russian veteran cosmonaut and the first man to have carried out a spacewalk back in 1965, passed away in Moscow at the age of 85.

Leonov has died in Moscow this Friday, according to Russia’s Cosmonaut Training Center officials. The cosmonaut who made history by exiting his capsule for 12 minutes almost 54 years ago will be laid to rest next Tuesday at a federal military cemetery.

A Siberian native, he was one of the 20 Soviet Air Force pilots carefully selected to become part of the first cosmonaut group in 1960 where he made friends with Yuri Gagarin.


Gagarin (L) and Leonov (R) filmed after a 1966 training flight © RIA Novosti / Alexander Mokletsov

The 1965 mission, dubbed Voskhod 2 (or Dawn 2 in English) came amid the contentious space race between the USSR and the United States. Despite an array of glitches – from Leonov having troubles to re-enter the airlock, to his capsule missing the landing zone – the historic flight was considered a success.

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RIP Comrade!

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat Oct 12, 2019, 02:53 AM

1. Thanks so much for your daily Russian history updates

Russians and fellow Russian loyalists in the forum appreciate your news from the Motherland

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Response to oflguy (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 12, 2019, 08:26 PM

2. His accomplishments were human achievements.

They transcend political boundaries.

But some people can’t see that.

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Response to sipow (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 01:00 PM

3. To some people, everything is political.

Sad really.

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