Friday 18 October 2019

Russian cosmonaut who was first person to walk in space dies at 85

 

Alexie Leonov performed his space walk in March 1965. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File
Alexie Leonov performed his space walk in March 1965. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File

Honoria Smith

Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space 54 years ago, has died in Moscow aged 85.

Russian space agency Roscosmos confirmed his death in a statement on its website.

Mr Leonov performed his spacewalk on March 18, 1965, when he exited his Voskhod 2 capsule, secured by a tether.

On his second trip to space 10 years later, Mr Leonov commanded the Soviet half of the Apollo-Soyuz 19 mission. It was the first joint space mission between the Soviet Union and the United States, carried out at the height of the Cold War.

Days before his 85th birthday in May, two Russian crew members on the International Space Station ventured into open space on a planned spacewalk with stickers attached to their spacesuits paying tribute to Mr Leonov.

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