Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov Dies Aged 85; He Was First Person to Spacewalk

President Putin Pays Tribute to Astronaut, Says He Was of Admirable Courage

Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov Dies Aged 85; He Was First Person to Spacewalk
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Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov has died aged 85, the Russian media reported on Friday evening.

Leonov made history in 1965 as the first person to spacewalk.

The cosmonaut floated above earth for about twelve minutes while tethered to his spaceship. The historic moment was not without an incident as Leonov’s spacesuit inflated as he tried to get back into the spaceship.

Leonov’s achievement was lauded by the USSR as win the space supremacy battle with the US.

Leonov later commanded Soyuz-Apollo, the first-ever joint US-Soviet mission in 1975.

Prior to his demise on Friday, Leonov was hospitalized at Moscow’s Burdenko hospital where he was battling a long illness.

Russian President Vladmir Putin led the nation in mourning the space icon saying he admired Leonov’s courage.

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