Friday, October 11, 2019

First human to walk in space dies aged 85

First human to walk in space has died. Alexei Leonov, died today at the age of 85.

The Russian cosmonaut made history in 1965, when he conducted the first-ever space walk while on the Voskhod-2 mission. The walk lasted 12 minutes and 9 seconds.

During the mission, his spacesuit filled with air to the point where he struggled to get back into the spacecraft.

He flew in space a second time in 1975, as part of the historic Apollo-Soyuz mission, the first US-Soviet space flight, which occurred as the two superpowers were pursuing a policy of detente during the Cold War.


Leonov trained as a military pilot before becoming a cosmonaut. He received a ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’ medal - one of the Russian state’s most prestigious awards - twice and has a small crater on the Moon named after him.

Leonov helped train other cosmonauts before retiring in 1992.

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