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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Alexei Leonov, who became the first human to walk in space in 1965, died on Friday at the age of 85 after a long illness. Though less well known internationally than Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, Leonov was a household name in his native Russia and will be remembered in particular for his role in the 1965 Voskhod-2 mission.

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Leonov flew into space again in 1975, commanding the Soviet half of the Apollo-Soyuz mission, the first US-Soviet space flight. It occurred at a time when Russia and the United States, which spent part of the Cold War locked in a space race, were pursuing a policy of detente.

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, a year after the Soviet Union collapsed. He devoted himself to private business and his twin passions of art and writing in later life.

Russian President Vladimir Putin knew Leonov well and had great respect for his courage.

RIP. A true hero.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-12 04:46 AM | Reply

Here is a far more relevant and informative video:

youtu.be

Shows how the first space walk nearly ended in disaster.

I have no idea why this video was replaced with this sub-standard twitter thing except that it was meant as a plug for NASA... who have nothing to do with the topic at all...

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-12 09:16 AM | Reply

Orange Adolf will order flags flown at half staff for one his homeboys.

#3 | Posted by zelkova at 2019-10-12 09:25 AM | Reply

The whole world should fly flags at half mast for 3 days.

#4 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-12 02:45 PM | Reply

He had a spaceship named after him in 2010 so he's got that going for him.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-10-12 02:51 PM | Reply

He had a spaceship named after him in 2010 so he's got that going for him.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL

Yes, but that was in a movie ;-)

OCU

#6 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-10-12 05:34 PM | Reply

I can remember hearing the news story and reading it in the paper when I was a boy who avidly followed all space news.

Ad Astra, Alexei.

#7 | Posted by goatman at 2019-10-13 02:10 PM | Reply

>Alexei Leonov/Yuri Gagarin
Russian hacker wouldn't have ever made it to the moon without Hillary Clinton and her supposed emails. Investigate NOW

#8 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-10-14 01:14 AM | Reply

Russian hacker wouldn't have ever made it to the moon without Hillary Clinton and her supposed emails.

#8 | Posted by berserkone

I was not aware that any Russian, hacker or otherwise, had ever made it to the Moon.

OCU

#9 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-10-14 01:18 AM | Reply

I can remember hearing the news story

Nobody cares what you think or remember, TROLL.

Stop posting in my threads.... desperate bastard. Go make some threads of your own.

#10 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-14 03:23 AM | Reply

Good thread Tremain. Respect to all atronauts no matter the ideology. RIP with the stars.

#11 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2019-10-14 05:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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